Joy Fea, Pre-Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC

Scheduling and Messaging Portal: Existing clients can send secure, private messages to Ms. Fea, and can also schedule or cancel appointments by going to our CLIENT COMMUNICATIONS PORTAL. New clients are invited to first contact our office to schedule an appointment, but can use the portal to check availability of appointments.

Originally from Colorado, Joy has lived in central Pennsylvania for over 20 years. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in Social Sciences. After teaching junior high school, she completed a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. She then worked for the American Association of Christian Counselors before moving to Long Island, NY with her husband where she worked with teenagers at a boarding school as the Assistant Dean of Students. Joy has worked at Messiah University for the last 18 years as a career counselor and psychology professor.

Joy enjoys working with adults, couples, and adolescents using the counseling approaches most suited to the client including cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused therapy. She walks alongside clients in their journey while they repair emotional wounds, restore damaged relationships, and pursue a greater sense of wholeness. For those who seek to integrate their faith with the counseling process, Joy is well-equipped to help. By exploring the wide array of factors that influence a person’s life both past and present (relationships, occupation, social environment, culture), examining strengths and weaknesses, and coping strategies, Joy works with clients to establish goals and a treatment plan.

Joy and her husband have been married for 29 years.  And she loves being a mom to her two daughters and helping women face the challenges of motherhood, vocation, and relationships.


In Pennsylvania, to become a “Fully Licensed Therapist” and start to add the alphabet of anacronyms to the end their name, each clinician must first go through a minimum of 2 years and 3000 hours of supervised clinical experience. While doing this, they typically spend 2 hours each week actively participating in individual and group supervision under the direction of a seasoned clinician who is helping to guide them and grow their skills and experience. You could say that working with a  pre-licensed therapist means you reap the benefits of two therapists in one!  Every therapist that labels themselves as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) is required to go through this process.


When seeing a pre-licensed therapist, you as a client are gaining in many ways! These therapists are actively seeking to expand their knowledge base and are often more open to educational opportunities and learning new approaches. They are often inherently interested in cutting-edge research and emerging techniques. Their appetite to learn and improve is voracious!

At Psychological Health Affiliates, rest assured we are very selective in our hiring process and work quite closely with each pre-licensed clinician to carefully ensure their professional development and the quality of the treatment they are offering.  At PHA and in accordance with mental health regulations, pre-licensed clinicians do not participate with the insurance panels other clinicians do. Therefore, private pay session rates for pre-licensed clinicians are significantly lower than our seasoned, licensed therapists. This may mean significant financial savings when considering long-term treatment costs. Many clients opt to see a pre-licensed clinician who is not paneled with their insurance company because the per session rate may be lower than the copay or cost of therapy with high deductible plans.


  • Lower Costs: Private pay rates are lower overall vs. a licensed therapist which is especially helpful with high deductible plans. Lower costs may help make it more likely for a client to start or even  stay in treatment.
  • Schedule Flexibility: They are often more able to add new clients or have open appts faster with less wait time. More evening appts may be available too!
  • High Energy & Commitment: They have a fresh outlook with a unique perspective full of energy, motivation, and experience, possibly from other professional and/or life experiences, to bring into the treatment process.
  • Collaborative Approach: As the pre-licensed clinician collaborates with a supervisor, she learns how to collaborate with the client too. This is a win-win!