“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.”
Hi, I’m Julia!
I’m an LPC practicing in south Austin.
Mainly I help folks with anxiety of all types including social anxiety, general anxiety, and anxious relational attachment.
I also help folks recover from relational trauma (as in not a trauma like experiencing a natural disaster, but one that came from people that were supposed to care for you).
When people meet me and hear who I work with, they often ask:
Why did you choose to focus on geeks, gamers, and misfits?
I help folks with these identities because they are me. In fact, all three of these signifiers are so vast that it’s really not that narrow at all of a population. A statement that may surprise some, and be obvious to others. If it’s obvious, we may enjoy working together. You can read about my personal connections and some of the cringe-worthy moments that people who frame their lives around these interests receive in my “who I see” pages for geeks, gamers, and misfits.
I’m here for you.
Usually it takes several steps to even get to the point of researching different therapists to see. If you’re feeling uncomfortable with the idea of starting therapy, you’re not alone. Many folks struggle with all the competing representations of therapy in media, what you learned in Psych 101, and even previous experiences with bad therapists.
I believe in supporting your unique needs in the therapy process. This starts with checking in with yourself right now to see how you feel when you imagine working with me. It doesn’t have to be all butterflies and smiles- counseling is supposed to be a little challenging, right? If you’d like to move forward, you can reach out to me now to set up a free 30-minute in-person consultation.
Julia, how did you end up in south Austin?
I was born and raised in Austin and graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Art & Design. I moved to Denton for a while to complete my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health at University of North Texas. I am now a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and certified by the Institute for Play Therapy as a Certified Sandtray Therapist (IPT-CST). I gained some experience in various settings that I’m happy to share with you until I finally landed at my private practice I call Heart of the Realm.
What you can expect.
Everything I do in session comes from a place of care. First and foremost, I believe that we all deserve a space where someone truly attends to our whole selves. If that sounds intense to you- it can be- one of my jobs is to maintain pacing and allow room to process everything that comes up.
My main clinical theory draws from Gestalt Therapy. I will guide you to focus on here and now bodily sensations to help come into the present moment. We will follow what comes to your attention week-to-week, and may collaborate from there what to tend to.
I also use Adult Attachment Theory and Interpersonal Neurobiology to inform my work. I support the process of using metaphor, images, and stories to integrate experience in session. There is also the option to use Sandtray in counseling with me as I am now certified for this surprisingly powerful modality.
I’d love to learn more about you.
Thank you for taking the time to read this far, and to make steps for you to continue on your journey for growth.
I’m looking forward to getting to meet you.
Julia Stamman, LPC, IPT-CST
Heart of the Realm
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