Locations: Los Altos
Modalities: Internal Family Systems, Person-Centered, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Specialties: Children, adolescents, adults, parents. Anxiety, depression, academic & peer pressure, identity formation, grief and loss, launching into adulthood, life transitions, career & personal growth, women’s wellness, trauma.
Julie is a warm and compassionate therapist guided by the belief in the healing power of human connection and the resilience of the human spirit in all of us. Whether you are facing a current crisis or a long-held trauma, Julie offers a safe, empathetic, and empowering space for you to share and explore your difficulties so that you can heal, grow, and create greater meaning and fulfillment in your lives.
She brings a gentle, friendly and client-centered approach as she custom tailors your session and uses various evidence-based modalities to meet your specific needs and goals.
As an immigrant to the U.S. who was born in Korea and has lived in various places, she brings an appreciation of cultural differences as well as a deep sense of cultural humility in her work with her clients. She is deeply passionate about helping those experiencing acculturation stresses, and she deeply values cultural competency, helping clients find their solutions while honoring their own cultural values.
Julie has experience working with diverse clients in both school-based and community mental health settings. She brings a particular experience in supporting teens and their families living in the demanding Bay area from her previous role as a therapist at Los Altos High School. In addition, she is experienced in helping emerging adults as they launch into adulthood, navigating career and relationship difficulties. She is especially passionate about helping women of all ages who experience challenges juggling work, family, and life transitions.
In her previous roles, Julie taught French literature at the college level and worked as an art educator. Her lifelong interest in expression through stories and arts continues in her current position as a therapist, and she views it as an honor to be with her client’s life stories.
Julie earned her BA from Wellesley College and MA in French literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She graduated with an MA in Counseling from Palo Alto University.
She also has a University of California certification in educational counseling with an emphasis on college admissions counseling and therapeutic interventions.