“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.”
Hello, I’m Julia!
You may be curious about my story of becoming a professional counselor intern.
In college, I studied psychology at Texas State University with a minor in art and design. Then, in 2016 I graduated with my Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at the University of North Texas. While in Denton, I interned at the college counseling center there seeing individuals and running groups. I also interned at a non-profit counseling center specializing in art interventions in Fort Worth. After I graduated I spent some time in Austin volunteering at a community counseling center. I also started working at a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter here.
Starting in April of 2017 I began my journey of working under the supervision of Ann Stoneson, LPC-S through Counseling South Austin in a private practice setting. Now I get to see people I am passionate about helping- gamers, geeks, and misfits. Yes, I do identify as a geek, gamer, and a misfit! Alternatives like us are often seriously stigmatized, starting with bullying in school to having to hide our interests or identities in professional settings. I’ve made it my mission to be able to provide a place where you can be yourself and work towards personal development.
I currently live in south Austin with my partner and our three cats. When I am not seeing clients for therapy, I enjoy playing roller derby, painting, reading graphic novels, and going to the movies.
I also wrote a blog about ways that my personality shows up as a counselor, you can read about that here. Starting counseling can be scary! Please know that I am someone who will respect and believe you no matter where you are in your journey. Counseling is all about using our relationship to focus on your growth. If you’re reading about me here, it may be a good idea to schedule a free 30-minute in-person consultation to continue to get to know what counseling would be like with me. Click on the contact page for options on how to reach out.