Hi there! My name is Julie. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a graduate of Missouri State University's CACREP-Accredited Mental Health Counseling Master's program.
I am a person-centered therapist. This means I don't see it as my job to give you advice or tell you what to do. I believe the magic happens in therapy when you feel safe and connected in the client/therapist relationship. I make it a point to stay away from labels and diagnoses and instead operate from a strengths-based perspective.
Those I've worked with report experiencing greater self-compassion and feeling more grounded as a result of our work together.
I bring an appreciation of diversity to my work. My senior honors project in my undergraduate degree
was a video documentary series on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.
My research interest and the topic of my thesis in graduate school was sexual orientation in women, specifically the need for
a more inclusive model of sexual orientation (beyond the 3-category ‘heterosexual, bisexual, gay/lesbian’ model)
which would account for ‘sexual fluidity’ in women.
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE and TRAINING
Prior to opening my practice in 2016, I provided trauma-informed individual and group therapy with a focus on self-esteem, codependency, sexuality, and spirituality as part of a team serving women struggling with substance abuse.
I am a member of the American Counseling Association.
Some of my training experience includes:
Mental Health First Aid USA - Dr. Mike Ferguson (2013)
Recognizing and Managing Anxiety - Murney Clinic (2013)
Using the DSM 5 for Diagnosis and Treatment - Burrell Behavioral Health (2013)
Beyond Sexual Trauma: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing - Ginger Holczer, PsyD (2014)
LGBTQ Inclusion - Shelly Farnan, LPC & Joshua Castillo, LPC (2014)
Clarifying Codependency - Burrell Behavioral Health (2014)
Ethics Training - Synergy Recovery Center; Melissa Sundwall, LPC (2015)
The Integrative Institute - Dr. Suzanne Thompson & Dr. Christine Berger (2017)
Understanding and Assessing Racial Trauma - Dr. Monnica T Williams (2018)
You are a Superhero: Counseling Highly Sensitive People from a Resiliency Approach - Dr. Misty Ginicola (2018)