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What does "dawn" mean to you? 

Are you stuck with a dark feeling that you just can't shake?

Maybe feeling isolated, alone?

Scared to make a choice, but painfully aware that something needs to change?

Has something recently happened that shook you to your core?

Or are you realizing (like we all do) that old "stuff" is lingering in your life

- and you really don't know what to do about it?

The dawn is coming, my friend.

We'll help you redefine, renew and rebuild after hard times. Through creative arts, reflection, mind-body experience, practical skills, & knowledge of trauma recovery the Recreating Dawn team will walk you through the stages of healing. 


What to expect: We try to make the intake and session process as easy as it can be. We'll always explain the steps to starting sessions, billing, diagnosis, assessment, art, emdr and service planning. We are happy to hear your feedback and answer your questions! The Recreating Dawn team will guide you on your journey to overcome stuckness & pain with humor & a little dose of reality & a whole lot of creativity. We'll initiate new insights and support you in believing your own truth and lived experience.

 We are passionate about Personal Growth and helping others realize the ability they already have within themselves to make it through difficult times, survive and even thrive! Our accepting and non-judgmental approach allows clients to quickly build comfort in sessions. Using expressive tools to cope plus exploring core concerns that are a barrier to a balanced, authentic, healthy life is an effective treatment and can be adapted to any client's needs.

No stranger to surprises that take your breath away and suffering, Joy, Lauren, and Leah, connect to anyone on the arduous journey of self-exploration, healing & ultimately hope. 


You don't even have to believe it, just show up.


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Client-Centered Specialties

  • Traumatic Experiences (PTSD)

  • Complex Trauma

  • Childhood or Developmental Trauma

  • Somatic / Body-based issues including

    • migraines​

    • chronic pain or illnesses

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Family Abuse

  • Resolving Conflict & Communication 

  • Coping Skills

  • Relationship Issues

  • Grief Loss

  • Life Transitions

  • Late Blooming LGBTQ+

  • Existential Identity Issues (including Gender)

  • Parenting tools & coping

  • Self-Esteem

  • Stress

  • Women's Issues

  • Religious or Spiritual Abuse

  • Being an Empath or Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

Services Options include:

Face to Face Counseling Services in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area.

Technology-Assisted Art Therapy in *most states*  in the U.S. and

Telehealth - Video Conference Counseling throughout Ohio.

Our Support is Unmatched - both face to face and behind the scenes...

With decades of experience working with children, teachers and families in various settings, plus over 13 years working with people of all ages to overcome behavioral challenges, emotional concerns, traumatic events and serious mental illness symptoms - Joy is poised to help the Recreating Dawn team thoughtfully guide you along in your healing process - whatever the step, stage or area of need. The creative art therapies are accessible and helpful to anyone and we're ready to teach you how to use them to recover, heal and grow.

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Licensed Professional Counselor (LPCC) - Ohio - E.2303313

Nationally Board Certified Art Therapist - (ATR-BC) 16-186


Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

EMDR Trained from

Master of Arts
Counseling Psychology & Expressive Art Therapy
Prescott College | 2007-2010

Volunteer work:
Arizona Art Therapy Association | 2009-2015

Served on the board in various roles, from Student Liaison to President

Certified “Yoga Gangster”
Connection Coalition | 2014

Trauma-Informed Outreach: Trained to provide yoga programs in schools, shelters, jails, foster homes, rehabilitation centers and more

Plus being a Resilient Badass, Growth-Oriented Mama of 2, Life Partner, and Dog Mom to 3 unruly beasts

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