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Debra Joy LMHC

VerifiedOffers Online TherapyIn-person Meetings
Acepting new clientsAccepts Insurance
Headshot of Debra Joy Licensed Mental Health Counselor

General Office Hours

In Eastern Time

Mondayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Tuesdayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Wednesdayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Thursdayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Fridayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Saturdayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Sundayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM

What does a first session with you look like?

The first session, as with all Thriveworks therapists, will involve talking through your needs and goals for therapy — whether those involve managing depression, anxiety, relationship problems, or another mental health challenge. This will enable you to receive the very best care, as a personalized treatment plan will then be developed for subsequent sessions. Thriveworks helps people live happier, more fulfilling lives. Clients are guided and supported as they work through their unique mental health challenges – and, along the way, shown the life-changing power of therapy.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

I offer a variety of counseling approaches including CBT / Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems. As the oldest female of a large family, I understand family systems. My extended family have substance abuse issues, which is why I am sober. I have worked in the field of crisis counseling for 3 decades, helping clients from all cultures/ages to see their strengths and to reach their goals (no matter what they are).

What should we know about your experiences and background?

Debra Joy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts whohas been working in the field of crisis for the past 30 years. She started on the streets of New York City, helping runaways off 42nd street into the shelter close by at Under 21/Covenant House. Debra worked as an Emergency Investigator for 10 years in the Mattapan/Roxbury/ Chelsea areas of Boston. Debra has been performing crisis psych evaluations in the Emergency rooms of Lowell andLawrence for 14 years. She has been able to help children and adults to find a safe, sober life. Her nonjudgemental and relaxed style has been an asset when clients have needed it the most. Debra has worked with Gang youth from DYS at an alternative school in Lowell. Debra has helped DMH clients who have severe mental health issues in a day program setting and to stay out of the hospital. She specializes in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) for teens and adults with self-harm issues. Debra uses CBT and ACT in her therapy to help clients to accept where they are at this time and to build on their strengths. She has helped many of her clients to be able to work, go to college, and live independently after trauma gripped their lives. Debra has worked in the Massachusetts area for over 30 years, and she brings with this a wealth of knowledge about the resources for clients. She is familiar with the school systems and special education programs (504/IEP) in this state as well.Debra has her CAGS (Pre Doctorate) in Family Therapy from Fitchburg State University. Debra has her MEd in School/Community Counseling from Salem State University. Her BS degree is in Community Counseling from UMASS, Amherst. Debra attended Westfield State University majoring in Psychology, before transferring to UMASS. Debra came from a large family with a father who was a teacher. She understands what it s like to not be able to afford college and she found that our state college system offers an affordable solution.





General Expertise






Anger management

Anorexia nervosa

Divorce & separation

In-Network Insurance







First Session$240
Individual Therapy$195
Marriage & Couples Counseling$195
Family Therapy$195
Group Therapy$195

Types of Therapy

Individual Therapy

Marriage & Couples Counseling

Family Therapy

Group Therapy


Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Eclectic Therapy

Feminist Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


  • Massachusetts, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 8730


Master of Education in School & Community Counseling, Salem State University

Work History


Online Therapy

Office at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Leominster, Leominster, MA

Frequently Asked Questions About Debra Joy, LMHC

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Debra Joy, LMHC, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Debra Joy accepting new clients?

Yes, Debra Joy is accepting new clients for online therapy in Massachusetts and in-person appointments at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Leominster, 114 Merriam Ave Suite 203, Leominster, MA, 01453.

Does Debra Joy accept insurance?

Yes, Debra Joy accepts insurance, including Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Humana and Optum.

What types of therapy does Debra Joy offer?

Debra Joy offers therapy for couples, families, groups and individuals.

Does Debra Joy offer in-person appointments?

Yes, Debra Joy offers in-person appointments at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Leominster, 114 Merriam Ave Suite 203, Leominster, MA, 01453.

Does Debra Joy offer online therapy?

Yes, Debra Joy offers online therapy via video sessions to people in Massachusetts.

How quickly can I see Debra Joy?

Debra Joy typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current general office hours and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Debra Joy speak?

Debra Joy conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Debra Joy online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Debra Joy online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.