Meet Joy and Hope, the Valley’s Edge Integrative Team

(And yes, those are our real names!)

Joy Rabon,  MA,  LMFT, CCTP,  CIMHP

Joy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the states of Alabama and North Carolina; a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and a Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional. Additionally, she is a registered out-of-state telehealth provider in Florida and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in Canada.

She has a combined total of over 27 years working in the mental health field in public, private, and school settings. After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida in 1996, she moved to Boone, North Carolina, and attended Appalachian State University where she received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2000. Additionally, she completed endorsement coursework for School Counseling Licensure, also from Appalachian State University in 2010.

Joy lived in Boone for nearly 20 years before moving to Dothan, Alabama in 2015. Though she considers Dothan her “home-base,” she refers to the  Boone/Blowing Rock area as “home-home” and travels back regularly.  Her practice is now exclusively online which has allowed her to extend her services beyond her immediate area to provide counseling throughout the states of Alabama, Florida, and North Carolina, as well as Canada.  Joy is continuing to explore opportunities for cross-cultural professional development and has recently become a certified life coach specializing in holistic, spiritual, and adventure coaching.

Joy’s style is relaxed, casual, conversational, and reflective. She does not position herself as an outside observer to the changes you desire, rather, she is on the healing journey with you.  Drawing heavily on postmodern approaches such as Narrative and Solution Focused Therapy, she integrates systemic, holistic, neuro-biopsychosocial, and traditional psychotherapeutic methods to assist you in your journey toward emotional and relational healing and balance.

Joy has a special interest in working with healing from traumatic stress by systemically integrating mind, body, brain, and spirit. She is known for her no-nonsense and direct approach and creativity to finding solutions and alternative perspectives while demonstrating sensitivity and compassion and building solid relationships with her clients.

When she isn’t working, Joy enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her cats;  traveling, adventuring, writing, thrifting, unwinding with a light-hearted TV show and spending time in nature and the great outdoors. Additionally, she has launched an adventure and travel blog and hopes to empower others by promoting healing and self-discovery through adventure. You can check out Joy’s blog here.

 

 

Hope Seeley, BS

Hope Seeley, BS, is our Counseling Intern. She has 26 years of education experience with Huntsville City Schools and is currently enrolled with the University of West Alabama in their Master’s of Family Counseling Program.

As an English teacher, she frequently found herself being the “safe place” for students to come and talk. It was this ability in building relationships with adolescents and their parents, working on goal setting to problem solve, or
just being an open ear to listen and understand that inspired Hope to go back to school to obtain her Master’s Degree in Family Counseling.

Hope grew up in a single-parent household and experienced her own childhood traumatic experiences,
which helps her understand and empathize with those who also deal with childhood trauma. She provides an open opportunity for listening, evaluating, and identifying the systems that surround us in order to help clients set and successfully achieve goals.

Hope has special interests in helping adolescents who
are suffering from anxiety and stress and helping women overcome and heal from traumatic relationships.

Hope has been living in Huntsville, Alabama since she was in middle school. Her mother relocated to
Huntsville from Miami on a “wing and a prayer” desiring a new life and a strong future for her daughter. It was her mother’s strength and courage that shaped Hope’s positive outlook on life.

When Hope is not working, she enjoys exercising, reading, listening to music, spending time with her family, and walking her two Great Pyrenees dogs.

Hope will offer independent and low-cost/self-pay therapy in August. As a counseling intern, she may be invited to observe Joy’s sessions or the two will offer co-therapy sessions together.