When a child has a problem, the family has a problem. When I work with a child, I always work concurrently with their parents/caregiver and family. You might attend the session with your child, meet with me individually following the session, and/or I will request a family therapy session.

I conduct a thorough psychosocial assessment related to your child’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical functioning. I don’t do talk therapy with children or pre-teens. The talk that we do is a byproduct of the activities or play that we engage in each session. My work with adolescents is closer to my approach with adults.

I have helped families with the following:

  • Behavior problems at school and home
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Anxiety and Depression:
    • somatic complaints
    • withdrawal
    • irritability
    • extreme fears obsessive/compulsive behavior
    • talk of not wanting to live
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Rages
  • Sibling conflict
  • Social thinking skills deficits
  • Grief and loss
  • Divorce
  • Blended families
  • Functional Behavioral Assessments
  • Positive Behavior Support

“We found Julie at a time when I had exhausted all means of treatment for our child. I did not want a doctor who immediately wanted to medicate her, without even having met her! Our child was experiencing complete meltdowns and turning towards violent outbursts. She did not know how to work through the emotions she would feel and we did not know how to help her work through those. Within two weeks of meeting with Julie, we had learned tools to deal with the meltdowns and our child began to learn a skill set to deal with her emotions. The difference in our child was night and day; she finally started to understand that nothing was "wrong" with her; she just needed extra steps to get through some of her challenges. With the tools that Julie taught us, our daughter is evolving into a social butterfly at school and meeting every day challenges head on.”

“Julie did an amazing job providing my young son with grief support tools and counseling while our family was dealing with a terminal illness. I commend her approach in gaining my son’s trust and giving him the tools to work emotionally through a very difficult time and also helping us, as parents, to support our son’s needs.”