“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!
Photo by Michele J. Hale
You may be curious about my story of becoming a professional counselor intern. I have always sought out ways to connect with others on an authentic level even before I was interested in psychology. The intensity of the moments where one can fully experience someone else’s story is what first intrigued me about counseling. The process of counseling always felt like an excuse to cut through all of the small talk and reach those rich conversations.
In college, I studied psychology at Texas State University with a minor in art and design. I always dreamed about combining the two fields, and now I try to be creative with my interventions in counseling. I also enjoyed other courses I got to take for electives including philosophy and anthropology. I have a passion of incorporating dynamics of culture and philosophy into the process of counseling as well.
In 2016, I graduated with my Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at the University of North Texas. 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. I also work at a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter and at a community counseling center as a volunteer counseling intern.
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. Even more recently I have turned my passion towards helping gamers, geeks, and misfits. Yes, I do identify as a geek and a misfit! Alternatives like us are often seriously stigmatized, starting with bullying in school to having to hide their 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.