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Joni Sivey, M.S., MSW, LISW-S

  • Title: Embedded Clinical Therapist, College of Engineering
  • Phone: 614-292-5766
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Therapeutic Style:

My therapeutic style is relational and authentic. I view our relationship as the most important component for positive change and personal growth. I have been practicing in the field of mental health for over 15 years with experience in a variety of settings including inpatient and residential dual diagnosis treatment, PHP/IOP substance abuse and mental health treatment, outpatient community counseling, and private practice. I also have experience working in utilization review and with an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team providing holistic care for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.

I am a trauma-focused clinician, trained in EMDR therapy, and adept at working with stabilizing trauma symptoms including dissociation and nervous system dysregulation. I often use DBT, mindfulness-based, and attachment-focused interventions to help create balance and decrease high risk behaviors. I also incorporate neurobiology to help manage stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms. As a social worker, I am trained to use a systemic view of individuals and communities, with special concern around issues of power and equity when providing services.

Supervision Style: 

My supervision style is focused on professional growth, self-awareness, and foundational skill-building. I strive to increase independent and confident decision-making, while encouraging the development of a unique identity as a clinician. I want to create a supervision space that attends to the clinician holistically, allowing for a protected space to bring concerns, stressors, and doubts. As a supervisor, a goal I have for clinicians is to develop healthy boundaries and solid self-care practices to allow for longevity in the field, as well as joy in their work.

Professional Interests:

My areas of interest include substance use disorders, complex trauma including spiritual/religious trauma, attachment and family of origin concerns, social justice, LGBTQIA+, and mindfulness-based interventions including holistic, non-traditional, and culturally inclusive practices. 

Groups and Liaison Roles:

I am embedded in the College of Engineering and Architecture and provide individual therapy, workshops, and consultation for students and faculty/staff.


Educational Background:

I completed a BA degree with a major in Psychology at the University of North Texas in Denton, Tx. I completed an MS degree in Clinical Psychology at California State University, Fullerton with research in attachment style and alcohol use disorders. In 2018, I completed an MSW degree at The Ohio State University with a focus on mental health counseling.

Personal Interests:

I enjoy yoga, strength training, reading, cooking, and trying to negotiate with my miniature schnauzer Chazz. I attend local trivia nights every now and then with my family and friends. I am a music lover and can often be seen at concerts and music festivals around Columbus.


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