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Dr. Joy Velarde

Dr. Velarde is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is the Director of Training of Fuller Psychological and Family Services community mental health clinic and is a project manager at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA.


Dr. Velarde formerly led the grief and loss group at Fuller Psychological and Family Services, where she created the clinic's grief group curriculum and now oversees the training of student therapists in group counseling. She recently led and launched the Fuller Telehealth program. This program allows the clinic to provide services to clients throughout the state of California.


Building upon her areas of expertise, Dr. Velarde also teaches the Marketing and Program Administration courses in the Fuller School of Psychology doctoral program. Through these courses, she mentors and teaches future psychologists how to market their businesses, lead and oversee programs, and implement new projects in an organization.

Dr. Velarde is the founder and CEO of Joy Paper Designs LLC, a company that creates mental health focused products including the My Journey Planner for mental health and wellness.

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Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from

Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

Emphasis in community psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Velarde is able to provide telehealth to those in the following states:

California, License Number: PSY31744

Nevada, License Number: PY0968

Idaho, License Number: PSY-203308

Arizona, E.passport 5554

Colorado, E.passport 5554

Delaware, E.passport 5554

Georgia, E.passport 5554

Illinois, E.passport 5554

Missouri, E.passport 5554

Nebraska, E.passport 5554

New Hampshire, E.passport 5554

Oklahoma, E.passport 5554

Pennsylvania, E.passport 5554

Texas, E.passport 5554

Utah, E.passport 5554

My Approach

My therapeutic approach to treatment is to be active and directive. I provide both emotional support and practical feedback to help my clients navigate the challenges they face. I primarily work from a cognitive-behavioral therapy perspective; however, I have a strong background in psychodynamic therapy and will integrate this into my work when appropriate. I seek to provide compassion and empathy to each person I work with and I strive to help my clients build upon their strengths and find meaning in their lives.

My Approach
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