Sometimes my clients feel disconnected from their body, themselves, and the people who are the most important to them. Of course when this happens, they feel worried about what this means for the future and how they will be able to cope with the challenges that they will be facing with all of the hurt from the past and present.
I am eclectic in my approach to therapy and draw from Narrative, Attachment Based, CBT, DBT, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. The roots of my work are grounded in frameworks of anti-oppression, and intersectional feminism. This means that I will often connect your experiences to the historical and present socio-political landscape in the hopes of lightening the weight of some of the things you are carrying and finding ways of reimagining how you understand yourself. I hope we will be able to expand your sense of self-compassion in this process.
I believe that my use of warmth, humor, and playfulness in the therapy space makes for a generally pleasant experience, even when we need to talk about difficult experiences you have had.
I utilize a holistic and individualistic approach throughout the therapeutic process to accommodate each client’s unique experience, needs, and goals for therapy.
I strive to create a safe, welcoming, and comfortable environment and value the importance of the therapeutic relationship so they can move forward with ease.
More about Julie's experience:
Julie is a Registered Social Worker, a Carleton University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Minor in Women’s Studies, and a Durham College graduate with a Social Services Worker diploma. Julie has been providing direct client services as a student since 2013 and as a full-time employee since 2017. Julie has worked extensively with adult women and youth as she supported women and girls fleeing intimate partner violence in emergency shelters, transitional housing support, family court support and recovery groups for survivors of intimate partner violence. With this expertise, Julie is well versed in supporting survivors of abuse at all stages of the recovery process.
Julie has also worked extensively with youth and their caregivers in a variety of settings. Julie is skillful at supporting families in adjusting their family dynamics to something that would give each family member a sense of connection and belonging to the larger family unit.
While women and their families are a large part of Julie’s expertise, Julie has also supported people experiencing chronic homelessness, severe mental health issues, and linguistic minorities with accessing legal services and public legal information. Julie is currently engaging in training for religious trauma and faith deconstruction.
Julie has had a broad range of experience across many different social work settings and brings all of this experience to your therapy experience to ensure that you have the best tools available to support your mental health.
The Balanced Practice has evolved to a team of registered dietitians and therapists on a mission to support folks in finding their perfect balance between food, body and mind. We believe that we cannot talk about food without addressing our mindset, beliefs and emotions. We work with our clients to help them walk away from diets, recover from their eating disorder and learn to reconnect to themselves so they can live their fullest life.
Our approach is weight inclusive, sexuality & gender affirming, trauma-informed and anti diet culture. We firmly believe that health is not reserved for any body type and that your recovery is possible.
Because life is too short to struggle with your relationship with food & your body.
The Balanced Practice was founded by Marie-Pier, who after struggling with an eating disorder, noticed a gap in our healthcare system. Through her recovery, she noticed that treatment was often not inclusive, non collaborative or client centered and often offered only short term support.