Dr. Joy Von Steiger is a Clinical Psychologist in Cambridge, MA and the Director of the Brandeis Counseling Center in Waltham, MA. She is an expert in college counseling and multicultural counseling and does lots of work around an individual’s identity, especially in times of transition and trauma. Many of her clients are college and graduate students or adults in their 40s and 50s. She especially enjoys working with individuals who are of marginalized identities or those who devote their lives to social justice work and are looking for affordable therapy. She also has experience working with adults who have depression and/or anxiety.
Dr. Von Steiger utilizes insight-oriented therapies, including Family Systems and Relational Therapy. Through her work at Brandeis and the Transformational Prison Project, Dr. Von Steiger has a deep understanding of how an individual’s identity and past experiences influence the way they interact with world. Her sessions are client-led, and she takes the time to understand the ways in which they want to grow. Most of her work is trauma informed, and she is cognizant of any traumas an individual is bringing into the room—whether it occurred during childhood or is connected to one’s race and/or immigration experience.
Dr. Von Steiger has developed a safe, nonjudgmental space where clients feel seen and heard. She moves at a pace that is comfortable for the individual sitting across from her and believes that everyone’s journey towards healing is unique. Her office is conveniently located near Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
College mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression
Race and cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Identity development - Including within the unique context of one's race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, and cultural background; resolving trauma and internalized oppression related to stigma
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Mood disorders - Depression, Dysthymia (mild depression), Bipolar Disorder, Adjustment Disorder with Depression
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
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Private Practice, 1989 - Present
Brandeis Counseling Center, Director, 2016 - Present
Brandeis Counseling Center, Senior Associate Director, 2014 - 2016
Brandeis Counseling Center, Staff Psychologist, 2007 - 2014
Beth Israel Hospital, Supervisor, 1990 - 2003
Boston Institute of Psychotherapy, Supervisor, 1995 - 1997
McLean Hospital, Supervisor, 1995 - 1997
McLean Hospital, Assistant Attending Psychologist, 1990 - 1996
Beth Israel Hospital, Staff Psychologist, 1988 - 1990
Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Study, PhD, 1988