Choosing to see a therapist is a courageous step and can be the first of many to take toward making the changes you would like to see in your life. Julia has been fortunate to have the privilege to walk the path of healing with clients from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and identities. Although the road is not always smooth, it is through building a trusting relationship and safe therapeutic space that small and large changes can happen.
Julia helps clients learn how their past experiences and relationships influence their behaviors and relationships today. Through the therapeutic relationship and increased awareness, clients can learn to make the changes in their lives they are seeking.
If you have never before seen a therapist, the process can seem a little scary. To help you feel more comfortable, she has some information on what your first visit will generally look like.
When we set our appointment time Julia will ask you to arrive at the office about 10 to 15 minutes early to give you time to fill out the initial paperwork. The paperwork consists of basic information that she will need from you including contact information, reasons for seeking therapy, and your consent for treatment in the psychotherapy process.
Once you have completed the paperwork and your appointment time arrives, Julia will greet you in the waiting room. She will then go over the paperwork in the therapy office and answer any questions that you might have. Issues that we will go over at this time include: payment, confidentiality, cancellations, and phone calls between appointments, to name a few.
At this point you are free to share your reasons for seeking therapy. The first appointment is primarily used for getting to know you and what is troubling you so that Julia can begin to get a sense of how to be helpful to you.
At the end of the hour, which is 50 minutes, payment will be collected and the next appointment scheduled.
We welcome and affirm all forms of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality/meaning making, socioeconomic status, and ability.
Some of my areas of specialization include:
Relationship and Family of Origin Issues
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Questioning Clients
Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Clients
Multicultural Issues and Identities
Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Depression and Anxiety