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Julia Lawrence, LMSW

While we cannot control the world around us, we all have the power to change how we process and respond to this next moment's experience. Therapy is a good place to begin to feel understood and gain self-acceptance while also learning effective coping skills to manage your thoughts and feelings.

Though I utilize many modalities, my background is in Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused therapies, which inform my overall treatment approach. I begin therapy with a conversation with each person by inquiring as to how they would conceive of their ideal life. I work collaboratively with clients to explore their thoughts and behaviors and help them find ways to change those that are counterproductive, while strengthening and retaining those which support their desired life changes. Furthermore, I listen actively, offering practical solutions, insight, and techniques to better cope, all punctuated with a sense of humor.

In previous positions, I provided assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy, and crisis intervention for a diverse population at an acute psychiatric hospital. In addition, I provided both individual and group therapy at Temple University’s college counseling center. These experiences helped me learn to create well-honed dialogues that allow for addressing negative thoughts, behaviors, and other barriers that keep people stuck in maladaptive patterns.

Many clients come to see me for difficulties related to academic or work performance, panic attacks, depression, anxiety, self-harm and personality variables. I also address a broader range of issues such as romantic and family relationships, as well as parenting.

When feeling stuck and hopeless it is hard to imagine how anything might be able to make a difference in your life. If you’re feeling unsure as to if therapy might be helpful, I invite you to reach out to schedule a consultation. While change is difficult and does not happen overnight, as we begin to work together I believe you will soon begin to notice a change in your thoughts and feelings. Together we will focus on not only your challenges, but also your strengths and create a plan to as to how to unlock your potential for happiness and fulfillment.


Education

  • University of Pennsylvania, Master of Social Work 
  • The New School University, Bachelor of Arts: Sociology and Political Science
  • NY LMSW License Number 102181

Trainings and Certifications

  • University of Pennsylvania-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 35-Hour Certification Program
  • University of Pennsylvania-Dialectical Behavior Therapy 35 Hour Training Course

Memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers