By the time she was 8 years old, Julie, a native Texan, lived in 4 different states. The multiple moves inspired her love for travel and equipped her with the ability to connect with people across different cultures and walks of life. Her undergraduate degree in social work from Baylor University provided a starting foundation for helping people. During her pursuit of a Master’s in Urban Ministry Leadership from Gordon Conwell in Boston, she developed her life’s mission statement to journey with others in their hurt and pain towards healing and wholeness. She believes wholeheartedly that while people cannot control what happens to them, if there is a willingness to work through the healing process, they come out more beautiful, whole and free on the other side. To further equip herself, she also received a Professional Counseling degree at Liberty University.
Julie is no stranger to challenges and life’s pains including healing from divorce, moving from surviving to thriving as a single parent and learning to connect with others in healthy relationships. Experiencing firsthand the benefits of working hard with a counselor allows her to be empathic to and passionate about helping clients. Additionally, Julie’s work at a domestic violence counseling center and inpatient mental health treatment hospital shaped the way she currently guides clients in developing healthy identity, gaining freedom from a hurtful relationship and thinking patterns, and developing positive self-worth. She is passionate about meeting people where they are and making clients feel comfortable and understood in a genuine, non-judgmental counseling relationship.
Integrated Counseling Approach
Julie specializes in working with individuals including adolescents, teens, and adults, as well as with families and couples. She gets excited about helping clients develop a healthy perspective of themselves and healthy, intimate and fulfilling relationships with others. Her clinical expertise includes marriage counseling, abuse and trauma, divorce, severe anxiety and depression, anger issues, codependency, family of origin/attachment issues, struggles with self- esteem and self-worth, spiritual and church struggles, parenting difficulties, and communication and relationship challenges. Her work with clients often includes exploring past and present experiences while also addressing the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of their lives. Julie counsels from a strengths perspective, believing everyone has worth and value with the capacity to choose change.
Three kids and a feisty cat referred to as “puppy cat” keep Julie on her toes. She enjoys being outside in nature and trying (not so successfully) to convince her kids to love camping. During her downtime, she can be found on the lake in a kayak, exploring a new area of Texas with her kids and spending time with people she loves.