Joan deSouza , Ph.D.
Dr. Joan deSouza is a Licensed Psychologist with over 20 years of professional experience. She earned her Ph.D. in School and Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University. During her doctoral studies, she worked as a Psychologist for the State of Michigan’s Bureau of Forensic Mental Health conducting psychological evaluations, group and individual therapy at an inpatient unit. She spent the early part of her career in private practice as a Clinical Psychologist at The Center for Behavior and Medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan and as an Adjunct faculty member at Siena Heights University and University of Michigan, Dearborn. She has taught graduate students Counseling Theories and Procedures, Developmental Psychology, Counseling Diverse Populations, Research Methods & Design, and Educational Psychology. She has trained and supervised Psychologists, Counselors and Teachers. At the present time, she works as Psychologist with the Dearborn Public Schools, integrating her skills and knowledge to create a collaborative partnership with families, community members and staff to implement evidence based strategies for students with disabilities.
Dr. deSouza’s private practice at Arbor Psychology Group will focus on assessment and treatment of children with ADHD, Anxiety Disorders and Learning Disabilities. She uses a structured approach obtaining information through clinical interviews about the presenting problem, its history and course, and other factors that may have influenced it (e.g. culture, health, medical, and family history). Supplemental information is gathered through assessment measures. Clinical evaluations are used to aid in diagnosis, prognosis and treatment outcomes. Dr. deSouza’s clinical interventions utilizes an ecological approach, developing a framework to understand and work with the client while utilizing evidence-based approaches for assessment and treatment. This approach compliments her greatest strength, i.e. establishing a positive working relationship with clients so that therapeutic relationships are established and maintained to facilitate successful therapeutic outcomes.