Joel is a fully Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University and then went on to earn his Master’s of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Joel was also a Detroit Clinical Scholar and received specialized clinical training while completing his MSW internship at a substance use treatment facility in the Detroit community.
Before coming to Pine Rest, Joel worked at a community mental health organization as part of a multidisciplinary team that served clients with severe and chronic mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. His experience includes working with individuals who have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance use disorders, trauma, psychosis, and personality disorders.
Joel uses a trauma informed perspective working with adults that is strength-based and person centered. He utilizes several different treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), solution focused therapy (SFT), crisis intervention, and other appropriate evidence-based interventions that are tailored to client’s specific needs.