Julie Bradish, LCSW
Who am I as a therapist? My goal is to create a trusting, safe, and collaborative relationship from which to actively explore thoughts, emotions and behaviors. I believe that therapist and client are equals in the therapeutic process, and utilize a warm, empathic, person-centered approach that emphasizes individuals’ strengths and self-determination.
Who do I work with? I work with adolescents, emerging/young adults, and adults.
My areas of interest. My passion for self-growth, self-reflection, and fostering the connection between body and mind greatly influences my work and personal life. I have experience working with a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, work/life balance, trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, self-esteem, body image, attachment and relationship issues, gender, and sexuality. I enjoy supporting individuals dealing with life transitions, including the transition from young adulthood to adulthood. I have specialized training in Somatic Experiencing, a body-centered approach to managing emotional and physiological regulation, changing patterns that affect day to day life, and resolving trauma symptoms and chronic stress.
From caring comes courage. – Lao Tzu
How I practice. My belief is that all of us have the capacity to heal and grow. I strive to support people on their journeys toward achieving the goals they set for themselves. Based on individual needs and interests, I may offer the integration of traditional talk therapy with various body-centered techniques including Somatic Experiencing, yoga, breath work, and mindfulness practices as tools to support people’s process of moving away from feeling stuck and towards enhanced harmony and well-being. I am honored to support people on their healing journey.
My background. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received my graduate degree in social work in 2012 from Loyola University Chicago, and am a certified yoga teacher. My work as a therapist and social worker is greatly informed by my previous experiences working with diverse communities focused on health, sexual health education, food justice, and mental health. I continue to explore ways to deepen my professional practice as well as my own practice and self-study.