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Joy McMahon, LCSW

Lead Therapist at Summit Lodge

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Joy is a private practice clinician based Corvallis, Oregon. She started her therapeutic career in wilderness therapy in 2001 as a field staff and with much enthusiasm, now joins the staff of intensive facilitators at Evoke. She deeply believes in the therapeutic work that takes place at Evoke and is passionate about helping to create long-lasting change in every individual that walks through its doors.

Joy’s clinical work is rooted in the philosophy that the client/therapist relationship has the potential to bring about deep, long-lasting change when it takes place in an environment steeped in compassion, honesty, and curiosity. Joy is a trained trauma therapist and understands its comprehensive effects on the brain and how they understandably affect the relationship with ourself and of course, with the people we love. She loves these words of Brene Brown: "Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we will ever do." She shares this belief and honors the story each of her clients bring into the room.

Joy has a Master’s in Social Work from Colorado State University and is an independent Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She comes to Evoke with a wide breadth of experience as a clinician working in a variety of settings such as therapeutic boarding schools, university counseling centers and a center for substance abuse treatment center specializing in young adults. Seven years ago, she started a private practice and now specializes in trauma-informed treatment treating adolescents, adults, and families.

Joy grew up in the Mid-West, but a love of the mountains and the outdoors called her to Utah in early adulthood. Since then, she has lived in Montana, Colorado, and for the last 8 years, Oregon. She loves spending time with her three active kiddos and husband exploring all Oregon has to offer...from the coast to the mountains! If she’s not off adventuring, you can find her running carpool to baseball practice, playing HORSE with her boys in the driveway or catching butterflies and crickets with her daughter in the backyard.