Julie helps people find calm in the midst of chaos and direction in life’s disturbances. In expanding consciousness, she helps people live their truth with courage and confidence. Julie was born and brought up in New Orleans. In 2009, she and her husband moved to Michigan. No stranger to change she works with clients in finding meaning and passion. Julie has a natural ability to quickly connect with people. She has a gift of seeing through the chaos of everyday life. Her clients appreciate her ability to quickly pick up on what’s holding them back. The counselor and speaker has her own private practice, and she also speaks to groups across the region about expanding awareness and healing. That means getting out of the comfort zone and discovering the whole self. Anxiety, depression, anger-all of these, Julie believes are there to tell us something about ourselves. (See Radical Change and the Art of Allowance)
Whether it be working with clients one on one, or speaking to groups at companies like Ford or Chrysler, Julie has built a niche for herself as someone who explores people's situations beyond traditional talk therapy.
She graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling with an emphasis on Systems Theory from Holy Cross College in New Orleans. She changed careers from accounting to counseling right before Hurricane Katrina swept through her hometown.
Julie's work has a strong focus on Body-Oriented (Somatic) Psychotherapy and Process-Oriented work. She also has extensive training in Energy Therapy and Healing. She has also studied Reiki and Energy Psychology (including the Emotional Freedom Technique). She weaves these together creating a truly authentic practice and experience for her clients.
In Julie's words
I see myself as a series of transformations. I have a strong commitment to my own growth personally and professionally. I have reinvented myself over and over again. I have faced myself head-on, and sometimes I hid from myself. A deeper part of me didn’t care. It was going to keep pushing and at times dragging me forward. When I let fear reign the pushing and dragging was hardest. When I allowed myself to face my fear, things opened up in ways my logical mind could not have thought. I have felt fear to the very depth of my bones, and I’ve learned how to sit with it and even befriend it. This seems to work far better than trying to hide behind booze, food, religion or even wellness – all of which I have done.
I know myself at an intimate level, and, trust me, I didn’t always like that at first. This knowing deepens more and more with each passing year or sometimes in a given situation. I know when I am hiding. I have learned how to consciously allow the hiding temporarily.
Teaching others how to navigate transformation has been one of my reinventions. I left a career in accounting to follow a calling to help people at a deeper level. It just so happens that the same year I completed my Master’s Degree in Counseling, I got married, sold my home, moved from my hometown where I lived my whole life, and started a new life with my husband. The marriage, the sale of my house, and the move from New Orleans to Michigan all happened in one weekend. Did I mention my husband and I are from two different cultures? Talk about having to face ourselves!
With each reinvention I become more whole - more me. I now sit side-by-side with people or stand in front of groups and help them with their process of unfolding. I get a front row seat in witnessing their transformation. This never gets old. I look forward to joining you in your process.
Some random facts about me:
- I am obsessed with my dog, Louise. See pictures below.
- I love music.
- I drink a lot of tea.
- I love a good dining experience.
- People say I am a charming spitfire.
- I have a tell-it-like-it-is way about me mixed with compassion.
- I try to lose my mind at least once a day. See Uncommon Sense
- I enjoy walks especially dream walks.
- I am passionate about expanding consciousness.