Joy A. Harris Edwards
Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
National Board of Certified Counselors
Joy Harris graduated from Midway College with a Bachelor of Art in Organizational Management (with honors and was a candidate for the President’s Award) and continued her education by graduating (with honors) from Asbury Theological Seminary with a Masters of Art in Mental Health Counseling. She has been accepted into the Counseling Education and Supervision PhD program at University of Cumberland.
Joy is a Licensed Mental Health Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory privileges through the state of Kentucky. She received intensive supervision from Dr. Michael Cornwall who holds a license through the Board of Examiners of Psychology, Board of Professional Counselors and Board of Professional Social Workers. Joy is also a National Board Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors.
She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trauma therapy. And she was trained in Gottman Couples Method (Levels 1 & 2) by Jonathan Shippey, LMFT, Senior Certified Gottman Therapist and Master Trainer with The Gottman Institute. She has conducted countless marriage and family workshops throughout the state. She is also court approved to teach evidence based parenting class to help support families matriculating through the family court system who were mandated to complete parenting classes.
She is a District Mental Health Specialist with Fayette Co. Public Schools and has a private practice in Lexington. In addition, Joy is an experienced inspirational speaker and teachers. She encourages others to embrace the gift of greatness inside by challenging others to seek and live a purpose-filled life; she empowers others to be all they have been pre-destined to be as they walk in purpose and destiny.
For over a decade, Joy’s compassionate transparent and interactive teaching style has made her a much sought-after motivational speaker across the United States and internationally. As a radio personality, Joy is a popular mistress of ceremonies and keynote speaker. She has been pursued by professional/social groups (Community Action, Urban League, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement, Professional Women’s Forum), youth groups (YMCA, Black Achievers), conferences (Ending Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence, Kentucky Counseling Association), workshops (statewide Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice), seminar,(religious organizations) public/private school systems (University of Kentucky, Georgetown College, Berea College, Gear Up Kentucky) and business agencies (Wal-Mart).
She lectures/speaks on a number of motivational, practical topics and her messages are tailored to fit specific audiences. She has brought encouragement, hope, insight, and affirmative change to the lives of individuals across the world.
She has traveled internationally to Japan and Haiti to share hope by distributing needed resources to meet the basic needs of the native population. She also teaches life-skills, provided brief cognitive and behavioral therapy. She also does extensive volunteer work with unwed mothers, at risk and low income youth and college students. She has received several awards for her volunteer work (Volunteer of the Year YMCA, Bluegrass Alliance Securing our Future Together For Woman Impact Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Spirit of Ivy Award, nominated for radio host of the year by the Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards)
In 2012 Joy wrote and produced her first play titled “Coming Up Deeper” which was presented in front of over 500 attendees. She also hosted a “Coming Up Deeper” women’s conference with a focus on hope and wholeness that focused on mental health and suicide prevention. There were over 425 women in attendance.
Joy is the author of Authentic Joy: Finding True Joy in a Compromising World. She has co-authored her second book titled “Embracing You" with Angela Roberts. "Embracing You" is an excellent informational resource for parents and/or perfect for a pre-teen/young. It is an easy and fun read that will inform you, challenge you and empower you as you journey to Embrace You and live to your full potential. Previously she was a contributing writer in several independent published magazines and the book Inspired Women Succeed, has been featured in or on the cover of multiple magazines and Vogue Magazine (December 2005, Wal-Mart print ad) .
She and her husband Glynn have a blended family and are the proud parents of four boys and ‘Kookie” and Pawpaw” to two granddaughter and four grandsons.