Julia Rafferty

(MSW, LICSW)

About Me

Hello, it's nice to meet you. My name is Julia. My pronouns are she/her.

Throughout my work over the past 15 years, I have spent the majority of time providing direct therapeutic care. I have been working at a Masters level since 2013 and at an LICSW since 2017. I've collaborated with people on addressing challenges related to trauma, depression, anxiety, executive functioning, self-image, addressing anger, self-actualization and identity development, social relationships, and family dynamics. Presently, I work for a program that provides intensive, trauma-focused family therapy. I also have lived experience in certain areas that some individuals find helpful to their services. Every person I meet brings a unique self to services, and I am honored to have collaborated with so many incredible people.

Outside of work my interests and focus includes weight lifting, social justice issues, laughing at memes online, quality time with loved ones, and my cat, who may occasionally pop up in session.

When I'm working with you, you will experience that my approach tends to be warm, interactive, humorous, compassionate, curious, honest, invitational, and creative. I want to support you in feeling empowered and safe while in session. For some, discussing diagnosis and symptoms is helpful, and sometimes not for others. Something I always endeavor to bring to our collaborative relationship is the idea that I am not the only "expert" in the room. While I may provide therapeutic expertise on the issues you're bringing to the table, I also believe that you are an expert on yourself and that every individual has a unique experience that I can't assume. This approach includes a dynamic of sharing feedback while prioritizing your right to determine your quality of life. I believe in using direct and honest communication. I believe that sharing your reflection on what's helpful and unhelpful in our collaborative relationship is essential to services being meaningful for you and for you to reach your goals. Being able to be direct and honest with me, and to explore what's working and not for you, are also strengths that can be used outside of the therapeutic relationship and perhaps on the goals you have in mind.

Therapy can be challenging, inspiring, tedious, and awesome. It's great to see you here at this point! Are you ready to get started?


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LICSW #119912 (Expires: 2021-05-29)


Reviews

Written by S.A. on Feb 06, 2021 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks

We really like Julia! My daughter went through 3 therapists before her.