Julie Ross, MA, MHP, LMHC
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor Frankl
We are all unique pieces of art in this world. But throughout our lives, others have (for good or with harm) marked up, scratched and painted over the masterpiece. These wounds happen with broken relationships, unhealthy relational patterns and traumatic events and can leave an individual feeling depressed, anxious or traumatized. In therapy, I offer every person an opportunity to begin to identify the ways others have harmed them and their own unhelpful patterns and thoughts that corrupt their authentic self.
The first steps in counseling will be to define and identify what has been broken, where you would like to be in your life, and blockades that are causing distress. I am a strength-focused counselor as well, so I focus a lot of looking at your strengths as some of the most important tools for overcoming personal challenges. Together my hope is that my clients and I will do the hard work of restoring the painting of their life to its intended beauty, free of the depression, anxiety and trauma that have left their marks on each of us. A good therapist holds the space of a compassionate witness as the client works to identify the ways past and present harm controls their being.
I graduated from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2011 and have been working with children, teens, families and adults in a variety of settings. I have experience with teenagers ranging from church youth kids to registered sex offenders in the foster care system. The last three years, I have been in community mental health working with low income children and their families. I utilize PACE in therapy (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy) as my primary therapeutic stance and rely heavily on Narrative, Existential, and Relational Psychoanalytic therapies.