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Joy Sasson-Gelman(She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist, PhD
CaliforniaFloridaNew York
Life transitions-Life purpose & meaning- Stress management-Medical professionals' mental health-Caregiver stress & support-Chronic illness-

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Professional statement

Dr. Joy Sasson-Gelman supports people in situations that take them to the edge of their abilities or comfort zones, such as life transitions, work changes, new or changing relationships, loss, illness, disability, caregiving, or aging. Rather than trying to eliminate clients’ uncomfortable feelings or thoughts, she treats them as signposts toward what is most important to them.

Dr. Sasson-Gelman has focused her career on helping people through life’s challenges and transitions. Her psychology PhD from the University of Wisconsin and her APA-accredited predoctoral fellowship and integrative postdoctoral fellowship lead her to appreciate the connection between change and loss. Change takes many forms, such as moving, starting a new job or relationship, or aging (oneself or parents). Life changes represent opportunities to complete unfinished work and get closer to what matters. Experienced working with trauma, disability and illness, she understands the healthcare professional’s need to balance relationships and career, the stress of loss connected to caregiving, and the tension of being both a caregiver and a care recipient. She has worked with high-functioning C-suite executives, new parents, graduate students; people living with HIV, cancer, amputation, and COPD; and individuals with other forms of change and transition.

Dr. Sasson-Gelman has advanced training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Her approach builds on strengths, replaces avoidance strategies with setting and achieving real-world goals, and explores new meanings for thoughts, feelings, and experiences. She has taught graduate courses at San Francisco State University and Hunter College and supervised doctoral-level psychology students at the Wright Institute in Berkeley and in inpatient and outpatient settings for the New York State Office of Mental Health. She works well with clients’ primary care physicians and psychiatrists.

Dr. Sasson-Gelman is a licensed psychologist in Florida offering virtual sessions via Zoom.

Message to clients

Moving toward what is important often means having to let go gently of old ways of behaving, make peace with thoughts and feelings that show up, and find ways to honor past events and relationships without letting them get in the way of being present in the here and now. How often are you turning towards things that feel better momentarily but don't serve you in the long run, instead of towards the people and things that really make your life meaningful?

Life’s journey can be challenging. It's understandable to turn towards comfort to avoid pain, but sometimes that leads to further suffering. Change, like life, is a process, not only an event. I am an experienced psychologist trained in evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy and will use them gently and tailored to your needs.

I appreciate the challenges caregiving professionals face, including stressful working conditions, the moral injury of situations with no “good outcome,” and the tension of being both a caregiver and a care recipient. Early or late hours available for healthcare professionals.

I see you as the expert on yourself, and your identity and culture are always respected. You already hold a lot of the important questions that we will explore. Psychotherapy is here to help you understand what these questions are, and the things that are getting in the way. I offer active, warm, gently challenging, and engaging therapy that encourages you to practice skills and get closer to what truly matters.


California: 25477 - New York: 021599 - Florida: PY11963


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Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Life purpose & meaning - Exploring one’s beliefs and values around life purpose, meaning, and spirituality; addressing the barriers to living a life that feels fulfilling, including instigating change or developing new habits

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others; help with anxiety and sadness

Medical professionals' mental health - Support navigating work-related expectations and stress; addressing issues of burnout, hierarchical pressures, and vicarious trauma

Caregiver stress & support - Coping with anxiety, stress, fatigue, and burnout related to caring for a loved one; balancing the needs of others with one's own needs and health

Chronic illness - Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Aetna (in-network in CA, NY)
  • United Healthcare (in-network in CA, NY)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$250 (60min)

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