Are you are having difficulty parenting a special but challenging child?
Have you have noticed a change in your child’s behavior?
Does your teen hurt (or have thoughts of hurting) themselves?
Have they been a victim of bullying?
Or has there been a shift in the family dynamics?
Or do you just want to someone to talk to without judgment?
Using humor, empathy and strength based practices, we work with teens, children, adults, parents and families who are going through a challenge. We are more than a “nod and smile” therapist, we want to work with you. Sometimes there are activities, exercises designed to help you think about things differently or to help you focus. Sometimes, we can go for a walk, as walking can help people think about things more clearly. And sometimes, we will just sit and talk. With young children, we also incorporate play therapy utilizing puppets, dolls, cars or coloring. This helps children communicate their complex feelings using a language they understand. We are accessible via email, text, and phone, with office hours convenient for working families, availability around school and we also have availability during the day for those that are able.
Julia- Director and Therapist: I originally started with troubled youth and moved to working with teens and families in crisis through a local hospital. However, a lot of the families came in after the crisis occurred. I decided I wanted to help families before it got to the point of hospitalization, and decided to work with the families in my local community. I do free workshops for families at local schools, helping educate about bullying behavior, how to recognize the red flags for teens in crisis and how to improve communication within families.
I’m a listener, adviser, giver of constructive feedback, energizer and silver lining finder. I help families communicate and parents rediscover their identities outside of their children. I provide alternative perspectives for challenging thought patterns that are not currently working. I help clients learn, grow, explore and discover themselves.
Under the supervision of Julia Miller, LMFT Lic: 83957
When people undergo a devastating traumatic event, it is common for them to feel as if everything is falling apart around them. Traumatic events can leave you with feelings of sadness, anxiousness, anger or other types of negative emotions. You can feel alone with their symptoms with no clear way of becoming healthy again. Most people develop unhealthy ways to cope, which can create new challenges and obstacles in personal thriving. As a therapist, I provide psychoeducation to help you understand how traumatic distortions can be accurately traced back to the central incident, or series of events. We then treat the problem and allow for organic healing.
No single approach is the right one for every individual, therefore I use a variety of clinical modalities and offer treatment that fits the mind-body connection to help you redevelop your healthy self-identity: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused, Psychodynamic Therapy, Client-Centered, and Systemic approaches. I continue to increase the effectiveness of my clinical experience by attending additional trainings and conferences. I have recently attended trainings such as the Neuro-Physiological studies where I obtained a Master Practitioner Certification Training, and supplementary studies at the Pacific Trauma Center, where I completed brain-spotting training Phase 1 and 2, and the brain-spotting Master Class training. I utilize brain spotting modalities within my therapeutic practice to feel more complete, tranquil and be ready to thrive again.