HOPE Therapist Spotlight: Julia D.
Updated: Aug 12
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Today we are featuring Julia D., HOPE Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee.
Q. What type of therapy do you specialize in?
A. I utilize a therapeutic approach that is grounded in Attachment Theory and informed primarily by Rogerian, Existential and Psychodynamic modalities. I work with individuals, couples and families but particularly enjoy supporting both teens and young adults who are struggling with relationships, chronic illness and chronic pain, depression, anxiety, eating disorders or identity issues.
Q. What inspired you to become a therapist?
A. Although I have always known that my greatest calling and deepest passion was to one day become a helper and healer, it was ultimately my own challenges with mental health and the transformational support and guidance I received from my therapist that ultimately led me to pursue a career is psychotherapy.
Q. What is the most rewarding part of being a therapist?
A. Walking alongside our clients as they not only use their own light and strength within to successfully overcome life's challenges but also bearing witness to the immense growth and change that occurs when they are able to step into and become their most true and authentic versions of self.
Q. What is a common quote or piece of advice you like to give to clients?
A. "You are not broken, you're becoming." - Bianca Sparacino
Q. What do you know now that you didn't know when you started your career as a therapist?
A. How undeniably powerful it can be to simply sit with and hold space for another human soul.
Q. What is the biggest myth or misconception about therapy?
A. That therapy is strictly for those diagnosed as "mentally ill". It's just not true! I am a firm believer that every single person can benefit from therapy even if it's just for self-growth or personal enrichment.
Q. What are your favorite mental health books and/or resources you like to recommend to clients?
A.Rising Strong by Brené Brown, The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero, Untamed by Glennon Doyle and Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell.
Read Julia's full professional bio here: https://www.hope-counselingcenter.org/meet-our-therapists