Joelle R. Maletis, MA.Ed, MA., MFT
CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: MA in Education with an MFA in Dance; MA in Holistic Counseling Psychology; with Specializations in: Addictions; Eating Disorders; Co-Occurring Mental Health; LGBTQI Communities; Fellowship in Co-Morbid Mental Health illness and Eating Disorders.
Board Certified: Yes – BBS-MFC#51094
Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 15+
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: In 2008, I graduated from John F. Kennedy University in holistic counseling psychology with additional specializations in working with people struggling with broad-spectrum eating disorders, addictions, dual diagnoses and cultural/sexual diversity issues. Since that time, I have worked extensively with people who have been dealing with eating disorders, multi-complex addictions, self-harming behavior, anxiety, depression, bipolar issues, dual-diagnosis/CD PHP and IOP programs. In addition to seeing articles for NAMI, instruct at John F. Kennedy University graduate counseling psychology programs; and television appearances, with ABC7’s Cheryl Jennings, discussing the importance of eating disorder awareness and prevention.
My theoretical background includes a variety of approaches specially tailored for each client to fit their needs as individuals that will best works towards resolution. I work with many different psychological models to specifically meet each individual’s goals for therapy. My treatment plans are flexible and adaptable to help my clients achieve the best results possible. I believe, therapy is about the relationship between the client and the therapist which invites change, insight and a new focus/direction for one’s life.
Recovery is a different process and experience for each individual. I don’t believe that there’s a one size fits all model. I tend to see recovery as an on-going continuum. Some days it is as the old saying goes: “two step forward, ten steps back!” However, I believe that each time one steps backwards, the forward movement become leaps over the past small steps. In essence, I believe that recovery is an on-going process with the goal of developing new tools, resources, and skills to have those backward steps become small baby ones (if any at all). Recovery is training the mind, body and spirit to be at peace and at one with its self as a unit; a perfectly imperfect self.
POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Adults, Athletes, Children, Couples, Ethnic Minorities, Families, Females, GLBT, Males, Other-Military Personnel Veterans
CONDITIONS TREATED: Abuse, Addictions, Affective Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Co-Morbidity, Compulsive Exercise, Night Eating Syndrome, NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified), Overeater, Overweight, Other – PTSD/Trauma
TREATMENT APPROACHES: Cognitive Behavioral, Couples Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Other – Client-Centered Focus Eclectic Theories Transpersonal/Holistic Theories
TREATMENT APPROACHES: Medical Evaluations, Psychopharmacology
TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatient, Phone Counseling, E-therapy (email) Support, Willing and experienced in working as part of a team.