Joy Radish is a psychotherapist and drama therapist in Brooklyn, NY. She is also a seasoned yoga and meditation teacher dedicated to working with clients holistically. She helps clients with anxiety, depression, stuckness, life or spiritual crises, trauma, and healing from difficult childhoods.
Joy works with individuals from all walks of life, and frequently has clients who are in recovery from trauma (PTSD and/or CPTSD), who feel disconnected from their bodies, who have experienced core relational wounds that cause depression and anxiety, and/or who seek to feel more authentic, purposeful, creative and whole. She also has extensive experience working with individuals who are experiencing a spiritual crisis, and seek guidance around developing their spirituality, and integrating it in their daily life or who are at a crossroads, and want to devise rituals to help them navigate their new road.
Joy’s therapy practice is based in a beautiful yoga studio in Brooklyn. Her approach to psychotherapy considers the connection between mind, body, spirit, psyche, environment, relationships, and creativity as vital to overall health and wellness.
As a drama therapist, she pays close attention to all of the stories clients bring into the room, listening for content, as well as how they tell their stories, noticing the roles, symbols, archetypal themes, and metaphors that emerge as they narrate. Drama therapy techniques allow her and her clients to explore those stories dynamically, actively, and creatively, which differs from more traditional forms of psychotherapy. For many clients, especially those with a history of trauma, abuse, and emotional struggles, these methods can help rewrite their life narrative from one of pain to one that is empowered.
Using a combination of verbal psychotherapy with embodied practices and creative exercises allows clients to delve into the unconscious realms and unpack thoughts and feelings that the conscious mind cannot access by itself. To assist with this, Joy brings in tools that come from the yoga tradition, including breathwork, somatic meditation, traditional visualization practices, principles from yoga philosophy, and ayurvedic psychology.
Joy believes everyone deserves the chance to heal and grow. She helps her clients care for the parts that need understanding and acceptance so they may experience more freedom. Outside of private practice, she is a creative arts therapist in inpatient psych at NYU Langone Brooklyn and teaches yoga at Abhaya Yoga. She received her MA from NYU Steinhardt and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her office is located near the Smith-9th Street subway station.