Child and Youth Care Practitioner
Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner
Julie has a Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree. This program has a strong developmental foundation and prepares Julie to work with a diverse population young and old. She also has a Master’s in Counselling Psychology degree and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, Canada. She focuses her practice work mainly in the area of trauma recovery and chronic stress.
With her highly specialized training in children and youth (as an adult you were once a child too!) Julie works specifically from a trauma informed lens with a developmental, strengths based and solution focused approach. Her approach and technique are what make her a sought after local Ottawa-valley clinician. The Ottawa-valley is where she was not only born and raised but raised her two young adult boys.
“Every individual I work with is unique and so too is the approach I take.”
Julie’s goal is always to meet each individual where they are at, not where they are supposed to be. Building a strong therapeutic relationship is the first priority when meeting clients and evidence shows this is a good indicator of better outcomes in therapy. She loves her job and what she does and has a passion for helping others.
In addition to her private practice work Julie has experience in the community at various organizations/agencies including hospital-based child and youth counselling for inpatient/outpatient/emergency crisis (crisis intervention Level 3 NVCI trained), local family health team, child and youth community mental health agencies, alternative school programs (“Section 23”), responder and team leader for Victim Services, trained facilitator Lanark County Community Justice Program and former Kids Help Phone volunteer. Julie is an authorized health provider for Veterans Affairs Canada (Medavie Blue Cross), City of Ottawa First Responders and Encompas Mental Health Wellness Program (O.P.P.).
Julie is also a past contributor to the Parent-Child Guidebook for Lanark, Leeds and Grenville and EMC West Carleton.