The step towards seeing a mental health professional is an individual journey.
Julie and the student interns work for you. At all times. Meeting you where you are at emotionally on any given day. And of course this changes all the time.
Please understand this: Therapy in any form is intended to be helpful and supportive with no hidden agendas or surprises. Ever. Yes we are humans doing human service work. But what is different about working with a mental health professional is we have highly specialized training to put aside our own personal “stuff”. This is the benefit of working with a mental health professional. Families, friends, trusted colleagues, sometimes even unexpected strangers can be good supports throughout our day. However, these individuals have their own emotional connection with you (well maybe not the unexpected strangers). This emotional connection can sometimes get in the way of where you may want to be. Working with a mental health clinician or student intern can help provide clarity for you in whatever capacity that needs to be.
A therapeutic relationship is like no other relationship in your life. This process is about and for you. At all times. You are always encouraged to speak candidly about the process and anything that may not be working for you within the safety of the therapeutic relationship. Through the therapeutic relationship the therapy process teaches and informs you ways of living your day-to-day life that is different and with no threat of abandonment, dismissiveness, ridicule, shame or judgement. It truly is like no other relationship in your life. And for this reason it can also feel off-putting or unsettling. This is why having the right therapist that suits what you need is so important. So that you can grow and emerge into the best version of yourself.
Be prepared to attend a minimum of three sessions each once a week to start your therapy journey. Therapy is an investment you choose to make to better your life.
Student interns see adults, couples and families. Please check out their individual profiles for more specific information.
Children & Youth
Julie sees children as young as 5 years old or younger via parent/caregiver consult under special circumstances only. Child and/or youth sessions with Julie are reserved for those who have suffered trauma or tragic circumstances. This could include birth trauma, medical diagnoses, witness to tragic circumstances, abuse, catastrophic loss, death.
Student interns can also work with children (minimum age 10) and youth. Please check out their individual profiles for more specific information.
Tele-Mental Health or virtual therapy is the primary* method of therapy services at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it is not suitable for everyone.
Tele-Mental Health is not intended for emergency or crisis treatment and is not intended for those diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder or difficulties related to substance use or for those at risk of harming self or others.
It is suggested that you present yourself to your nearest hospital for further assessment if you are presently experiencing challenges related to your mental health.
Tele-Mental Health allows for convenience and no travelling to and from appointments or having to leave work. If you are time restricted or unable to get to the office for appointments tele-mental health is an option for you. And now, it is a need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Studies have emerged that indicate the effectiveness of online therapy as being at least as effective as in-office sessions. For some, being in the comfort of their own home is more effective for their therapeutic experience.*Limited in-person sessions are available with COVID-19 precautions (not with student interns at the present time ~ Sep’21)