Joel Thompson - MSW, LCSW

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Joel Thompson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who specializes in helping people overcome depression, anxiety and various traumas. With over 15 years of experience in community mental health agencies, crisis intervention, group and individual counseling at the VA, Joel has worked with adults from all walks of life.

Whether you are navigating trauma, grief, complex family dynamics, anxiety, depression or simply looking to get unstuck from a negative cycle, Joel takes a strength-based and collaborative approach to create a tailored plan of healing and transformation. Together, you can rediscover your strength and cultivate your resilience, so that you can thrive in the life you were created to lead.

Joel became a Christian at a young age, with this faith playing an integral part of his life, including his career decision to become a therapist. Having grown up in the church, Joel is passionate about helping people gain tools and insights to integrate mental health with their faith.

Joel holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Grand Canyon University and a master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University.

Joel is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as a primary modality. He is also trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and the Gottman Method for committed couples.

Joel sees adults with a variety of presenting issues including childhood or recent traumas, anxiety, depression, addiction, military/veterans issues, sexual abuse, stress, mood disorders, self-esteem issues, and grief/loss.

Joel offers sessions via telehealth or in person from his office in Central Phoenix near Central Ave & Camelback Road. He can be reached at 602-834-4366 or via email at

Office Location

I am able to meet with clients either online via telehealth or in person at my office.