“Julie Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. Julie specializes in working with people who have experienced trauma which can include, but is not limited to: childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, traumatic losses and domestic violence. Her approach is holistic in helping people recover and heal after a traumatic event and learn ways to cope and manage when their world has been turned upside down from a traumatic event.”
About Julie Johnson
Julie Johnson’s professional training includes a Master’s Degree in Counseling and post-graduate training in sexual abuse/assault, and domestic violence through the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) and the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV). Her training has also extended to working affirmatively with the LGBT community. She have completed training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy an evidence based treatment for PTSD through the University of Pennsylvania and is certified as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). Additionally, Julie provides Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) services and disaster mental health services.
I have worked in diverse settings, including non-profit organizations, community mental health centers, child welfare agencies, rape crisis centers, correctional facilities, crisis lines, emergency rooms, educational settings and for a managed care company. I have worked extensively with survivors of sexual abuse/assault, domestic violence and other traumatic events. I have worked with the court system with people who have been mandated into treatment for anger management difficulties and/or domestic violence. I am comfortable working in crisis situations and with individuals struggling with PTSD, depression or anxiety. I have provided crisis intervention services and have provided clinical supervision to other counselors working towards LCPC licensure and Master’s level Counseling interns and students.
My Interest in Working with Survivors
The majority of my career has involved working with sexual violence survivors along with survivors of domestic violence and natural disasters. I find this population very rewarding to work with.
My Approach to Trauma-Informed Care
Trauma involves emotional and cognitive disruption of one’s sense of self and safety. Trauma of any kind can leave us feeling ungrounded and disconnected. A person’s world view changes after a traumatic event. I am sensitive to the needs of a trauma survivor and approach trauma therapy in a three stage process.
The first stage of safety and stabilization involves building new skills around coping, affect regulation and strengthening social supports. The second stage of trauma processing/working through trauma involves emotionally and cognitively reprocessing the traumatic experience by discussing the trauma in various ways. The third stage of reintegration/reconnection involves reconnecting to your new life, where healing has occurred.
My practice draws from a combination of Psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and exposure therapy in working with trauma.
How My Practice Holistically Addresses the Impacts of Sexual Violence
My practice addresses the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of the person. It draws on the individual’s strengths and their support system.
My counseling office is a safe place for sexual assault survivors to safely explore their trauma. I focus on building rapport and safety with my clients before getting into trauma work.