About Me

I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in the state of California. I have been seeing clients in therapy since 2009 and have worked in a variety of settings. I am currently working in my own private practice where I see clients at my offices in Roseville and Sacramento. I specialize in working with couples, teens, addiction, and the LGBTQ community. I also work with depression, anxiety, grief, and codependency. I am a sex positive therapist. In this regard I see people who are involved in the kink scene or are exploring polyamory.


Advanced training (core skills) in emotionally focused couples therapy (2016)
Externship in emotionally focused couples therapy (2015)
MA in counseling psychology – California State University, Sacramento CSUS (2012)
BA in psychology – (CSUS) (2008)

Counseling and Therapy Experience

-Private Practice (2014 – current)
-Heritage Oaks Hospital (2014 – 2015) – Group facilitator / intake clinician
-Hearts and Hands Counseling (2011-2014) – Counseling and therapy for individuals, families, couples, adolescents, and groups
-Aegis Medical Systems (2010-2011) – Counseling for people addicted to heroin and other opiates.
-Psychological services center- CSUS (2009-2010) – Family and individual counseling and therapy

Why I’m A Therapist

Many people ask me what motivated me to become a therapist. I once had a supervisor give me a greeting card that said “mind creates reality”. This really sums up why I’m a therapist. We think of reality as an objective, static thing that is unchanging between people. The reality is that life is very different for each individual, and everyone experiences life and reality in their own subjective way. Your past experiences, your mood, your relationships, and your thoughts all have an effect on your own subjective reality. As a therapist, I get to work with people in their deepest, innermost selves to explore, unravel, and define their realities. In therapy I work with my clients to help them create more positive realities for themselves. I can’t imagine anything that could feel more rewarding.

SacWellness logo on blue rectangle

Between 2018 and 2023 I worked on creating a website to help people find mental health resources in the greater Sacramento area. The following are news and other publications related to SacWellness

Joe Borders, MFTJoe Borders, MFT

Joe is a therapist with offices in Roseville and Sacramento. He specializes in working with couplesteensaddiction, and the LGBTQ+ community He is a sex positive therapist and enjoys working with trans and gender non-conforming clients. Joe has been in private practice since becoming licensed in 2014. Before that he worked at a not for profit counseling agency in Roseville Called Hearts and Hands Counseling for 5 years. He also worked at a methadone clinic and an intensive inpatient mental health hospital, each for a year. Joe is the creator of SacWellness.

Interview with the founders of ListingPro, the program SacWellness was built with.

Sacramento News and Review – interview done in late December 2018

Joe Borders, MFT in a sacramento news and review article

Growing Up Roseville magazine – Article in the Spring 2019 issue

joe borders, MFT in growing up roseville magazine

joe borders, MFT in growing up roseville magazine

Some online radio station

I was contacted by a random online radio station to do a short interview with them. I thought it went pretty well….for my first time on radio, but afterwards they called me back and it sounded like they were looking at this as a way to screen for people who might be interested in paying to have their own radio series. Decided against it, but it was fun to do ^_^.

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Style Magazine – February 2019

Joe borders, MFT in Style Magazine

Style Magazine – March 2020

Joe Borders, MFT in style magazine
Introducing SacWellness
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