Dr. Joy Gila Nmi Lindsley
Dr. Lindsley is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in psychotherapy practice since 1990. She diagnoses and treats a fairly wide range of psychological problems, especially including depression, and life transitions that create confusion for the individual. She is also a nationally boarded sleep disorders clinician who has been in practice since 1983. She is able to combine these two area of expertise, psychotherapy and sleep disorders clinical practice, as needed for the individual. Dr. Lindsley has published numerous textbook chapters, as well as review articles and primary research papers. The age range she works with is from about age 12 through very old age. She has little if any expertise working with those younger than 12 years old.
Why should patients choose you as their provider instead of others in the area?
Those who have chosen me over the decades have found me to be responsive, interested, caring and effective. And have also found that if I feel I am not the appropriate clinician to offer help for the individual's particular situation, that I will say so as soon as it becomes evident, and help them find a clinician who is more appropriate. Am easily able to do this since I have a huge network of colleagues in the area and know well which each of their areas of expertise are.
What are the top 3 treatments that you focus on?
1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 2. Insight therapy. 3. Use of phototherapy to help those with SAD; and to help re-set "the biological clock" of those who biologically preferred hours of sleep and wakefulness do not coincide with the demands upon them. For instance, for those that are congenital night owls but who must wake up and get to sleep far earlier than their own bodies prefer due to the hours they must be at work or school or other requirements in their lives.
What are you proud of in your practice?
I am most proud that I have been able to remain in practice for several decades despite an increasing number of clinicians in this area. It is lovely to know how many people in the area refer new patients to me based upon good experience with the services I provide. This includes those who have been patients of mine who refer friends and family to me. And other clinicians with whom I have shared patients. That is feedback to me that what I do has been effective and helpful.
Which cases do you enjoy treating? Why?
I especially enjoy treating women in transition -- from teen girls moving toward young adulthood, development of personal relationships, navigating motherhood in the context of the larger social and work world, women transitioning from active motherhood to other roles as children move from home, divorce, older adulthood, and so forth. I also especially enjoy treating difficulties people have with sleep -- falling asleep, remaining asleep through the night, feeling alert upon awakening in the morning. Particular interest in pre-teens and teens who have difficulty falling asleep at the necessary time at night. As a member of the medical advisory board of Narcolepsy Network, I have particular expertise treating the psychosocial components of narcolepsy, in tandem with the prescribing psychopharmacologist for those with narcolepsy.