Julie Bradish, LCSW
Who am I as a therapist? My goal is to co-create a trusting, safe, and collaborative relationship from which to actively explore thoughts, emotions, sensations and behaviors. I hold the belief that each of us has within us the innate capacity to heal and grow, and it is within the context of relationships that healing can happen. My approach is compassionate and person-centered, emphasizing individuals’ strengths and self-determination while acknowledging the impact of society and systems of oppression.
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 in order to access a greater sense of ease greatly influences my work. I have experience working with a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, work/life balance, life transitions, trauma and PTSD, childhood trauma, grief and loss, self-esteem, body image, chronic pain and general health, attachment and relationship issues, sexual assault and abuse, and gender and sexuality. I particularly enjoy and see the benefits of using somatic approaches to support individuals in increasing their emotional and physiological regulation, finding the space to change patterns that affect day to day life, and helping to resolve trauma symptoms and chronic stress.
“From caring comes courage.” – Lao Tzu
How I practice. My belief is that all of us have the innate capacity to heal and grow. I am here 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, Somatic Touch, yoga, breath work, and mindfulness practices as tools to support clients’ process of moving away from feeling stuck and towards enhanced harmony and well-being. I am honored to support individuals on their healing journey.
My background. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received my graduate degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago and am a certified yoga teacher (CYT). I have completed advanced training in Somatic Experiencing and the Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists. 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.