Shauna Joye (SJoye@JoyePsyc.com) is an Air Force veteran, licensed clinical psychologist, and adjunct graduate professor at Georgia Southern University. She earned a B.S. in biology from Georgia Southern University and a Ph.D. in psychology from Florida State University. She has extensive training in pediatric assessment and has been conducting comprehensive evaluations since 2006. She specializes in assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder, attention disorders, and learning disorders across the lifespan, including toddlers. Dr. Joye believes in a caring, competent, and comprehensive approach to psychological assessment and treatment. She strives to provide recommendations and treatment based on current research and using a collaborative approach so all patients feel empowered and validated. Dr. Joye lives in historic downtown Savannah and enjoys reading, spending time with family, and traveling. In her free time Dr. Joye volunteers with two nonprofit organizations: Warrior Expeditions helps combat veterans hike long-distance trails across the country. Dr. Joye's work with Warrior Expeditions has been published in a number of outlets, including the New York Times. Uuzilo helps individuals suffering from loss, grief, or trauma travel to Africa and embark on an extended motorcycle expedition.
Tommy Cramer (TCramer@JoyePsyc.com) is an Associate Professional Counselor who specializes in working with families and children. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Maryville College and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University. Mr. Cramer has experience working with children and families in an office and community setting to provide support, education, and counseling services. Mr. Cramer believes in working with families using a collaborative approach so they feel supported and empowered in all aspects of their daily lives. Mr. Cramer has experience using play therapy techniques, expressive arts techniques, and conducting parenting sessions using 1-2-3 Magic. Mr. Cramer also has experience coordinating with families and schools to support children with 504 plans or Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and help them achieve their best chance of academic success. Mr. Cramer believes in using a client-centered approach to helping families and children achieve an overall sense of wellness in their lives. In his spare time, he loves to spend time with his family, read, and practice his art at home.
Anna Faircloth (AFaircloth@JoyePsyc.com) is a licensed clinical psychologist. She earned a B.S. in psychology from Valdosta State University and a Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Georgia Southern University. Dr. Faircloth has been providing therapy, comprehensive assessments, and evaluations since 2013. She has experience treating a wide array of mental health issues and a passion for serving those with trauma-related distress. She has worked with Veterans, active duty military, and civilians in both inpatient and outpatient settings, helping them find freedom from past traumatic experiences and creating new trajectories for their lives. Dr. Faircloth prides herself in her caring and practical approach to mental health service. Dr. Faircloth recognizes the investment clients make when they seek out mental health services, and she strives to work collaboratively with clients to provide care that is considerate of the latest research as well as the unique values and goals of each client. When not working, she enjoys spending time with family, gardening, and relaxing in her hammock.
Stephanie Mitchell (SMitchell@JoyePsyc.com) is an associate professional counselor. She earned a B.S. in psychology from Armstrong Atlantic State University and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University. Ms. Mitchell has experience working with children and adults with severe mental illness in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Using a person-centered, existential approach, she believes all people have the capacity for self-awareness as well as a unique identity. Ms. Mitchell uses several CBT and DBT techniques, which are proven to work for anxiety, depression, and anger. Ms. Mitchell believes in providing insight and tools that enable each client with the ability to make authentic, and meaningful choices. Ms. Mitchell is particularly skilled at working with preteen and teen girls with anxiety and self-esteem issues. When not working, she enjoys spending time reading, horseback riding, and volunteering for local community organizations.
Mario Grayes (MGrayes@JoyePsyc.com) is a native of Savannah, Georgia and a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families. Mr. Grayes earned a B.S. in Biology from Savannah State University and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at South University. Since 2014, Mr. Grayes has been assisting clients in the community providing assessments, individual therapy, and family therapy. Mr. Grayes primarily uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to help clients recognize how unhealthy thinking patterns contribute to issues and problems in their lives and how to manage those thoughts. When working with children and adolescents, Mr. Grayes also incorporates several evidence-based Play Therapy techniques. When Mr. Grayes has free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, friends, and family. He also enjoys martial arts, exercising, reading, and volunteering at his church.
Claudia A. Méndez Rosselló (CMendez@JoyePsyc.com) is a bilingual (English/Spanish) provider who specializes in working with children and adolescents in the assessment and treatment of pediatric Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental delays. Dr. Méndez received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. She completed her professional certification as an evaluator and educational therapy in 2012 and her ICDL DIR Floortime 101 certification in 2016. She attended graduate school at Ponce Health Sciences University where she obtained an M.S. and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Dr. Mendez completed an APA-accredited internship in both the Ponce Autism Center and the Wellness Center for Psychological Services. Dr. Méndez believes in using evidence-based practices and integrating different theoretical approaches such as CBT, Play Therapy, DIR Floortime, Mindfulness, and ACT. Having a balanced and positive life is extremely important to Dr. Méndez, and in her spare time she enjoys going to the beach, exercising, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jan Michaels (JMichaels@JoyePsyc.com) is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, and Registered Play Therapist. She earned her MS in Counseling Psychology and Human Service from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. She moved to Savannah in 1998 and began working with young children and families in both clinical and education environments. As a former public-school teacher Ms. Michaels has served and supported families in understanding and developing Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 plans. As a play therapist, Ms. Michaels believes in providing a safe place for children to express feelings through play. She believes play is a language and toys are used as words. Through the use of non-directive play, children are free to choose their individual self-expression. Directive play techniques are used to guide change in behavior and thoughts. Ms. Michaels believes parental and sibling interactions are a crucial part in therapy, and both are encouraged to participate in the play room as treatment progresses. Techniques such as rules on how to fight fair, family time out/time in, and a variety of games are part of family sessions. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and swimming.
Joyce Bongang (JBongang@JoyePsyc.com) is an Associate Professional Counselor. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Armstrong Atlantic State University and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University. Ms. Bongang has experience working with children and adults in inpatient, outpatient, and correctional settings. She specializes in providing mental health therapeutic services and comprehensive assessments to individuals who suffer from a wide array of symptoms including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and anger. Ms. Bongang believes in using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques as well as a humanistic approach to help clients develop self-acceptance and offer them a safe place to develop personal growth. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with her family.
Haleigh Baker (HBaker@JoyePsyc.com) is a Master's-level counselor who has experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Georgia Southern University and her M.Ed. in Counselor Education with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgia Southern as well. Haleigh recognizes that each client is different and believes in working from a holistic approach to ensure that each client is receiving treatment that is beneficial for him/her/them. Haleigh primarily practices from a client-centered approach and encourages personal growth and development through the counseling experience. Additionally, Haleigh also uses aspects of experiential counseling by using techniques from play therapy and art therapy. She also incorporates multiculturalism and interpersonal techniques into her practice. During her free time, Haleigh enjoys reading, being outside, and crafting.
Jessica Brooks (JBrooks@JoyePsyc.com) is a licensed psychologist who specializes in psychotherapy and assessment. She earned her B.S. degree in psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth, M.S. degree in clinical psychology at North Dakota State University, and Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Georgia. Dr. Brooks has extensive experience with individual, couples, and group therapy, as well as comprehensive assessment for learning and attention-deficit disorders, since 2007. She has particular passions for the treatment of anxiety-based issues, gender and sexual identity issues, and relational problems. Dr. Brooks strives to provide competent care by considering each person’s unique needs and desires, coupled with the most appropriate treatment strategies for addressing presenting concerns. She values collaboration whereby clients are active and empowered participants in treatment. Work-life balance is extremely important to Dr. Brooks, and in her spare time she enjoys watching and playing sports, reading, cooking, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog, Havoc.
Merry Gallagher (office@JoyePsyc.com) has been a practicing psychologist for over 35 years. Originally from New England, she received her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. She practiced in Vermont and New York before relocating to Statesboro, GA, 25 years ago. Most recently she was the clinical director and licensed psychologist at the Regents Center for Learning Disorders at Georgia Southern University, where she was also a member of the graduate faculty. Her clinical interests include major developmental themes throughout the lifespan, most especially the relationship between nature and nurture. Now semi-retired and living in Savannah, GA, Dr. Gallagher's practice is limited to the assessment of children, teens, and adults with ADHD and learning disabilities. She is also available for workshops or other educational activities.
Ryan Couillou (RCouillou@JoyePsyc.com) is a licensed psychologist who specializes in psychotherapy and assessment. He received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia, an M.A. degree in Psychology, Clinical Track from Western Carolina University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia. Dr. Couillou also received advanced training including his internship (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and postdoctoral fellowship (University of Southern California) providing psychological services in university disability resource centers. Throughout his training and professional career, Dr. Couillou has experience providing services in university counseling, disability resource, private practice, and juvenile detention centers. Though he considers himself a generalist, Dr. Couillou has a special interest in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma-based disorders. In addition, he enjoys helping people manage symptoms of ADHD and academic-based anxiety. When working with clients, Dr. Couillou takes a collaborative approach to treatment while integrating effective approaches that are tailored for each person. In his spare time, Dr. Couillou enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music, exercising, and traveling.
Courtney Zents (CZents@JoyePsyc.com) is a resident who specializes in the assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disorders, and developmental delays. She is also knowledgeable of special education law and the processes for receiving services within the school. Dr. Zents has a background in cognitive-behavioral and systems approaches and strives to provide evidenced-based recommendations and treatments based on individual needs. She believes in creating a compassionate and accepting atmosphere while providing thorough evaluations designed to answer the family’s questions. Dr. Zents received a B.A. in Human Development from the State University of New York at Oswego, a M.S. in Clinical Psychology Practitioner’s Track from Loyola University of Maryland, a M.A. and C.A.S. in School Psychology from Alfred University in Western New York, and Psychology Doctorate in School Psychology from Alfred University. Dr. Zents completed an APA-accredited internship through the Tennessee Internship Consortium in School Psychology and was placed at the Korn Learning Assessment and Social Skills Center at the University of Tennessee and in Sweetwater City Schools in Tennessee. In her free time, she enjoys playing with and training her golden retriever, spending time with family, being outside, and crafting.