Supervisor by Jennifer Merrill, LCSW #29484
Locations: Los Altos & San Jose
Areas of Special Interests:
Children & Adolescents: Trauma / Complex Trauma / Early Childhood Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Academic Stress, Identity & Self-esteem Development, BIPOC Population, Asian American Teen Mental Health, Acculturation Challenges, Relationships, Grief and loss, Launching.
Adults: Trauma / Complex Trauma / Early Childhood Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, BIPOC Population, Acculturation Challenges, Career & Personal Growth, Women’s Wellness.
Internal Family Systems Therapist, Trauma Informed, EMDR, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Family Systems, Emotion-Focused, Expressive Arts.
Julie is a warm and empathetic therapist committed to providing quality care to children, adolescents, adults and families. Her approach is trauma informed, culturally sensitive and strength based, with an overarching grounding in humanistic ideals of person-centered, unconditional positive regard and respect for your unique life experiences. Her approach is also integrative and draws from a variety of modalities to meet the unique needs of her clients, including Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Existential, Psychodynamic, Creative Expression, Sandtray, Play Therapy (with children). Her passion in art and her previous professional experience in art education also inform her therapeutic work and she hopes to promote clients’ self-awareness, clarity and healing through expressive arts in various forms.
Julie is passionate about helping clients develop their internal and external strengths, improve interpersonal relationships and create new narratives that better reflect their values and goals. Under her gentle and warm support, client can begin to heal their wounds from a current crisis, deeply rooted trauma or social injustice.
She has experience working with clients from different cultures, sexual orientations and socio-economic backgrounds reflecting the incredible array of diversity in the Bay area. She brings a particular expertise to supporting children and their families from her previous work in elementary, middle and high schools as they navigate stress, anxiety, depression, social/emotional issues, acculturation and identity development. She enjoys helping emerging adults as they launch into adulthood as they navigate career and relationship difficulties as well as helping women who who experience incredible challenges of juggling work, family, and life transitions.
She is also deeply committed to supporting clients with complex trauma and is trained in EMDR, a psychotherapy that can alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories and other adverse life experiences.
Education & Trainings:
EMDR Level 1& 2, 2022 Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship, 2020 Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PAPPTP), Fellowship Year, 2019 Palo Alto University, MA in Counsling, 2019 University of California, Irvine, Certificate in Educational Counseling University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MA in French literature Wellesley College, BA in Economics & French literature