Office Hours by appointment only:
Tues 10 – 8 pm Wed 8 – 8 pm Thurs 11 – 8 pm Fri 8 – 12 noon
Individual + couples therapy are available in Julie’s Frederick, MD home office. To schedule contact Julie at email@example.com
An awareness of “ I can’t do this anymore”, a knowing that something has to shift is often the prompt to begin therapy. For many, the biggest stumbling block is simply not knowing what to do differently or not having modern tools to facilitate change. The old ways no longer work even if they helped at one time. Sometimes, as mystic Joseph Cambell says, one simply needs a witness or a guide to tell us “Look, you’re in Sleepy Land. Wake. Come on a trip. There is a whole aspect of your consciousness, your being, that’s not been touched. So you’re at home here? Well, there’s not enough of you there.” And so it starts. (Reflections on the Art of Living, pg 77)
Julie uses whatever situation, condition or crises that initiates a call for help as an opportunity for growth, restoring balance or re-membering one’s ‘true self’. Therapy is a portal for pausing, reflecting on what is working and what isn’t, reframing or challenging beliefs, developing ‘psychological, mental or emotional muscles’ that have atrophied or have never been used. Working with Julie includes learning skills such as conscious breath work, mindfulness, somatic awareness and intentionality to develop tolerance for discomfort, how to self soothe in healthy ways and reduce symptoms. Clients are taught methods to chart a new pathway for life that includes compassion for the road already traveled because healing cannot happen without kindness. Julie assists clients to remember their inherent worth and become co-creators of their lives.
We shall not cease from exploration.
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
- T. S. Elliot, Four Quartets
Many of us know how to get into relationships, but struggle with knowing how to stay in them. Imagine having a job for years and never receiving a performance evaluation. A relationship like a ship without a destination can veer off track. Therapy is an opportunity for a re-boot, to explore what is working, renegotiate what is not, update the ‘rules of engagement’ and chart a new course. Julie’s approach is integrative (informed by numerous approaches to couples work ie John Gottman, Susan Johnson, Eve Eschner Hogan, Imago) and relationship based exploring topics such as: values, beliefs, strengths, weaknesses, emotional intelligence and self esteem. This process is helpful whether or not partners are certain of their future as healthy life skills are essential to living a fulfilled life.
“We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.”
- Tom Robbins
Julie views the role of the therapist as a very sacred one, that of a witness or companion to those seeking to return to the best version of themselves and as writer John O’Donohue calls this work being ‘a midwife to the soul”. What if we viewed difficult situations as initiations rather than something we caused, deserved or did wrong. What if we viewed therapy not as something we seek out because we are weak, but a modern day version of a vision quest or aboriginal walkabout to seek the wisdom that only comes out of our own ‘interior’.
Therapy methods are designed to assist the process of accessing one’s own innate wisdom and creative energies for optimal living. Anyone wishing to grow, change and evolve will benefit from this interactive, integrative and contemplative approach. Clients learn strategies to heal, intentionally create the life they seek, experience more joy, contentment and self-love as individuals and in relationships. Julie is a ‘way-shower’, gentle guide and compassionate companion for those desiring to come back into alignment with their true essence and use obstacles as growth opportunities.
Other therapy methods include:
Shadow Work: Learning to work with our perceived flaws, identifying limited beliefs, patterns/habits that are no longer working and integrating all aspects of the self has countless benefits and potential for growth and meaning individually and in relationships. Strategies include learning to be with undesirable aspects of the self, increasing capacity for self compassion, integration of parts of ourselves we have kept hidden and recognizing how to meet any unmet needs.
“Our shadow is an infinite reservoir of energy. Learning to recognize and to take responsibility for shadow qualities gives us more choice in responding consciously and creatively to the possibilities life offers us.” - Marion Woodman, Coming Home to Myself, pg 258
Emotional Freedom Technique: Also known as Tapping is sometimes referred to as ‘acupressure for the emotions’. It is an alternative psychological tool utilizing acupressure and positive psychology to heal physical, emotional and mental conditions. Julie teaches clients the tapping protocols, how to replicate this at home and become an active participant in one’s own healing. For more information click here.
Typical presenting issues include:
Depression & Anxiety
Stress Management/life transition
Grief & loss
Workplace relationship difficulties
Relationship issues (ie trust, communication, managing emotions, intimacy, infidelity, relationship has lost it’s spark, navigating change)
Trauma (past or present)
Poor self Awareness on all levels
Low self esteem/Body image
Therapy for therapists and yoga teachers
Third party payment is accepted. Julie is a participating provider with the following health care providers: Care First and Cigna. Julie is also an out of network provider for plans that include that benefit. Check with your provider for details.