Meet Our Therapists

Joyce Sparks-Bell, MA Headshot
Joyce Sparks-Bell, MA

Specializes in:

Relationship Stress
Trauma
Family Conflict
Grief
Anxiety
While we are trying to make sense of things, may we learn to make peace with things – Morgan Harper Nichols

Joyce is currently in network with BCBSIL PPO, Blue Choice and Cigna. She is also offering self-pay and can also provide a SuperBill if requested.

During my work across the lifespan, I have learned that it is important to bring your whole self to the therapeutic space, including your culture and life experience. Within your therapy experience, I try to tailor my therapeutic approach to your needs, believing that we all come with a story to share, learn and grow from.

 

APPROACH

My goal is to tailor your mental health needs through the lens of one of these therapeutic approaches. Here is a brief description of each:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach in which negative thoughts and distortions in thinking are challenged. Once the patterns of thinking are identified, we work to change those patterns which will in turn change your feelings and then your behaviors.

Person-Centered Therapy (PCT) is a client centered approach in which the therapist will strive to understand the clients experience from their perspective. It also is on the basis that each person has the innate ability to change and grow, which sometimes becomes clouded by certain life experiences or struggles.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) aims at finding solutions in the present time. The foundation of SFBT is goal setting. We will set realistic, and identifiable goals and find out solutions to get you to those goals.

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION

2019 – Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling | The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

EXPERIENCE

I have experience in working with children, teens, adults and families across all walks of life. My previous experience has allowed me to work in an agency for those with Autism, a child welfare agency and hospitals. My treatment experience includes trauma, grief/loss, depression, anxiety, and couples/family therapy. I also have experience with evidenced-based treatment modalities such as: play therapy, child parent psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family systems therapy.

 

PERSONAL

I am a wife, mom, daughter and sister to many. In my free time, I enjoy picking up a good book or listening to a mystery podcast. In the exciting moments of life, you can catch me creating memories with my family and enjoying caramel cheesecake (or ice cream!). I’m also a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. I enjoy and am humbled by the conversations that therapy brings, so naturally, I enjoy collaborating with people to help them reach their goals and ultimately explore their own power to make the positive changes that they want to see in their lives. I look forward to seeing you.