Fostering the Art of Connection

As a therapist, educator and consultant, my work is all about fostering the art of connection. I’ve known trauma, and shame was a big part of my earlier life. I know what it feels like to be uncomfortable in my body; to feel disconnected and overwhelmed. Because I didn’t always know the path forward, I strive to provide you with what I longed for at the time but didn’t know I needed: the compassion and kindness that each of us deserves, and the unconditional acceptance that allows us to develop a foundation of trust so we can get to the heart of what really matters.

Actively connecting with nature and the more-than-human world is an important component of my work and the uniting factor in my therapeutic and educational approach.

An integrated approach
+ A framework for change

The combination of therapeutic modalities I use, intertwined with social justice frameworks and the implementation of learning theory, creates both an integrated approach to healing, growing and learning, and a compassionate, effective framework for change.

My approach to therapy is deeply relational, because I believe that all meaningful change occurs in the context of safe, connected relationships.

As such, I bring my whole self to my work, and I hope that gives you permission to do the same. Some of the first things I share with you are my social identities and how they might impact our experience together. I draw heavily on my training in interpersonal neurobiology, which simply reveals how deeply interconnected we all are and how much wisdom your inner world holds about what you need.

During therapy sessions, I trust your inner world and we follow the wisdom of your body to know what’s important that day.

This means I welcome all parts of you, even the parts you are ashamed of or have turned away from in the past. Parts work and inner child work support our ability to tend to unhealed and embodied experiences that may be impacting how you’re able to be in your body, in your relationships and in your life.

My approach to social justice education is much the same. Although we don’t go deeply into inner child work (that’s reserved for therapy), I still utilize what I know about interpersonal neurobiology to create a space of relational safety, knowing that it’s a huge predictor for change. I also rely heavily on my training in learning theory and dialogue. Research in learning theory shows that positive reinforcement is the most effective way of learning and retaining new information. Both positive reinforcement and dialogue are about looking for the good, building trust and developing shared meaning. My groups, consultations and curriculum are intentionally designed to exclude shaming or other aversive techniques, because I believe they greatly reduce our ability for lasting, authentic change.

“Julia was gentle, kind, and transparent.

She was able to create containment without "rescuing" any of the members from our shame or pain around racism.”

“[The process was] in a word: healing.

In more words, Julia encouraged and challenged me in ways that helped me develop self-confidence, joy, and balance after the relational and religious trauma I'd experienced.”

“I appreciated Julia opening up about her own experiences navigating whiteness.

I felt like she honored the different experiences in the room.”

“Working with Julia is challenging and comforting.

She has a natural ability to listen and provide empathy, all the while nudging you deeper into hard work that provides

growth and change.”

“Julia does a wonderful job of providing structure and leadership, valuable psychoeducation, and safety

without taking herself out of the strong sense of connection we all shared. It's clear that she has both sought extensive education on the topic, as well as done a great deal of her own personal work.”

“Julia was extremely present, kind and patient with me throughout my process.

She encouraged me to continue to work towards the goals I had set in therapy while also allowing space for me to feel that I was in control of the work we were doing. Her work involved talk therapy and also focusing on what my body was trying to tell me in nonverbal ways,

which created a safe space for me to come to depending on where I found myself in each moment.”

“[Julia] created a safe environment for us and was very supportive!”

“[Julia is] awesome.

She shows empathy and is very knowledgeable on shame, shame resilience, privilege, and guiding everyone on how to create a safe space.”

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