Dr. Joy Harden Bradford

Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. So often the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevent Black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist. I developed the space to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant.

I am a licensed Psychologist in the state of Georgia. My specialties include working with Black women in both individual and couples counseling. My primary areas of interest include break up and divorce recovery, depression, work-life balance, relationship skills, and self esteem improvement. I also have a wealth of knowledge in working with undergraduate and graduate students in areas including procrastination, stress management, dissertation/thesis support, and career development.

My approach to counseling is heavily focused on the therapeutic relationship and I place a strong emphasis on co-creating an environment where clients feel safe, supported, and challenged to become the best possible versions of themselves. I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana, a Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling at Arkansas State University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at The University of Georgia. I  have worked for the State of Wisconsin Department of Vocational Rehabilitation as well as in the counseling centers of Virginia Commonwealth University, Georgia Southern University, The University of Georgia, Emory University Oxford College, and Clark Atlanta University.

I love…

milkshakes.
thunderstorms (only if I’m already home and tucked in bed).
reality tv shows.
podcasts.
the color yellow.
anything with a bow.
binge watching Netflix shows.

I believe…

every woman should have a theme song. Mine is Run the World by the incomparable Beyonce.
pearl earrings go with any outfit.
in good kisses, good cries, good friends, and good food!
broken hearts can heal.
there is nothing more awesome than a woman who knows her power and walks in it.