Hi there, I’m Julie. I think it’s important for you to know a little bit about me before deciding to work with me. After a childhood spent moving from one Air Force Base to another, my family settled just outside of Dayton. I went to Miami University, where I earned an English degree and met my former husband. We decided to live and raise our children in Cincinnati, and I started the first of several non-profit fundraising and volunteer management jobs.
Eleven years later, I had the opportunity to make a change, and I jumped on it, finally pursuing my dream of being a therapist. I earned my Master’s of Social Work from UC in 2001, and spent the next three years at Cancer Family Care, counseling cancer patients and their families. I learned so much about the resilience of the human spirit, the beauty in families reconnecting, and the importance of making life fulfilling and meaningful.
I wanted more control over my life and my schedule, so I started my own therapy practice in Blue Ash in the summer of 2004, and haven’t looked back. I love counseling couples and individuals who want to improve their relationships. I think that’s where the good stuff in life comes from – our relationships with other people and with ourselves. I’ve been a spouse, a parent, a child to aging parents, an employee and an employer, just like many of you. I’ve experienced divorce, empty-nesting, career changes, deaths of parents and other major life events that can throw us into a tailspin. I know personally and professionally what it takes to put the pieces together again and get back on track, and I will use all of that wisdom, experience and training to help you do the same.
I believe this is the work I was meant to do, and I am energized and thankful every day when I walk into my office. I care very deeply about my clients, and give them my absolute best every session. I am a lucky, lucky girl to be able to do something I love so much and that has such a positive impact on the lives of others!
I take my responsibility to my clients and my profession seriously, but I take myself lightly. I am an easy therapist to work with: I laugh with my clients, I laugh at myself, I quote movies, TV shows and song lyrics. I am chatty and real in sessions; most people think therapy with me feels like a conversation with a trusted friend.
In my off hours, I like to hang out with friends and family, visit my grown sons wherever they may be at the moment, SCUBA dive, walk my Black Lab Henry, hit the gym for a spinning or yoga class, and read almost anything put in front of me. In the winter, you’ll find me planning trips to sunny climates, and in the summer, you’ll find me heading to the beach as often as I can.