is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) from Lexington, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in English in 2009. Julie graduated magna cum laude with a master’s degree in social work in 2012. While in graduate school, Julie interned with a comprehensive forensic assessment team where she first developed her interest in trauma, particularly as experienced by those children and adolescents in the child protection system. Upon graduating, she continued to develop her knowledge, skills, and expertise around the emotional and mental health needs of children, adolescents, and the adults who raise them.
Julie has worked in community mental health providing in-home, evidence-based treatment to families and children. She has worked in a private practice conducting forensic custody evaluations for the court on behalf of the state and private families. Through her work at the University of Kentucky HealthCare’s Adolescent Medicine Division, Julie realized the developmental windows of that population, ages nine to twenty-five, were a particular area of skill and passion. Locally, she has worked at Triangle Family Services and NC State University Counseling Center helping individuals and families feel supported, empowered, and competent.
She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused-CBT, mindfulness, EMDR Therapy, DBT skills, and a psychodynamic approach to increase each family member’s ability to regulate emotions and behaviors to provide relief from distress and propel them to success, defined in their terms. She works to help parents and children foster their secure attachment to one another, as your connection to your child is their best resource. Julie believes in the inherent goodness of every human and communicates this through her compassionate, authentic, and skilled approach.
Julie is a member of the National Association of Social Workers in North Carolina. She volunteers with SAFEChild through their Moms Supporting Moms program.