Joy Gillespie, MSW, LCSW

EMDR Certified Therapist

Online Therapy

About Me

My clients describe me as someone they feel safe and comfortable with, someone they feel they can trust, and someone that genuinely cares for them. I help anxious and overwhelmed adults learn how to manage their feelings better so that they can feel more in control again. I help perfectionists and high achievers learn how not to be their own biggest enemy so that they can reach their potentials. I help people pleasers and self doubters learn how to truly respect and trust themselves just like how they show up for others. Most importantly, I help all clients explore and address the root of their struggles so that they can achieve long-term healing. My areas of expertise include: perfectionism (high standards for self and/or others), imposter syndrome (feeling like you are “a fraud”), performance anxiety (in professionals, students, artists, athletes, etc.), people pleasing (struggling with setting and reinforcing boundaries), not feeling good enough about yourself, interpersonal co-dependency, obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive behaviors, anxiety issues (health anxiety, generalized anxiety, worry, panic, etc.), “unfinished business” from the past (single or complex trauma, PTSD) and burnout (at home, work, school, etc.). Contact me today to book a FREE 30-min consultation session to determine if we are a good fit for each other!

Education & Experience

Master of Social Work (MSW), Washington University in St. Louis

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Certified EMDR Therapist, EMDR International Association

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Seniors


  • Chinese
  • English