Mary Joye

For the past ten years I have been a private practice Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I'm a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Florida Supreme Court Family Mediator. Grief resilience and trauma resolution is a large part of my practice. I was raised on the beach in Florida. My father was a psychiatrist and I worked in his office in my youth. He wanted me to follow in his footsteps. Instead, I chose to become a theatrical design major instead and graduated from the University of Florida in 1979. My first job out of college, KISS employed me as a make-up and wardrobe assistant for three years. It was quite an experience and a good background to study communications. Later in Nashville, I began songwriting, acting and performing professionally and am a member of BMI, ASCAP and a former member of the Country Music Association, Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Musicians. That career grew into a 20-year music ministry. I also wrote ad copy for XM radio, Texaco, The Filmhouse and currently write for two publications in Winter Haven, Florida, where I returned to take care of my ill and now deceased parents. I earned an MA in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2000. (Photo by Daniel DeCastro)



Look Who is Coming to Holiday Dinner! What to Do When a Parent Remarries, 22 Oct 2018

Grieving in Advance, 12 Aug 2018

Grieving Suicide, Homicide or Traumatic Deaths: Finding Purpose in the Pain, 17 Feb 2018

Wishing the Holidays Would Go Away: Tips for Coping, 05 Dec 2017

‘If I Had Six Months to Live’: Taking Inventory of Your Life, 07 Aug 2017

Grief Counseling: 7 Reasons to Seek Support, 28 Jun 2017

The Myth of the 5 Stages of Grief, 24 Jun 2017

This Valentine’s Day, Turn Your Loss into Valuing Yourself, 11 Feb 2017

What to Do When the Casseroles Stop Coming: First Anniversary of a Loved One’s Loss, 19 Jan 2017

No One Should Grieve Alone, 14 Dec 2016