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Hello, I’m Jules (she/her/hers).

I am passionate about producing safe spaces where folks can step outside of their everyday experience and get back in touch with forgotten or unknown parts of themselves.

I believe that if blocked parts of us remain unexpressed, we can become frozen, or overwhelmed by our feelings, and sometimes develop addictive or unhealthy behaviors, or patterns that impact our lives in harmful ways.  Sometimes we just need a space to share and unpack an issue and look at it from a different perspective.


I am originally from the UK; I worked and travelled in many different cultures and settings, before settling in the Bay Area 17 years ago. I have been active in various art-based projects and healing modalities since moving here. I draw on these approaches and experiences in my work. I believe that everyone expresses themselves in a unique way and I work with people to rediscover and clarify what is true for them, and how they choose to express this in the world.
 

Together, we will co-create ways to access your strengths and empower you to move towards what is real for you.

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Specialties

My Specialties Include: 

Addiction & Substance Use, Anxiety, Depression, Behavioral Issues, Codependency, Coping skills, Grief, Life Transitions, Peer relationships, Intimate Partner relationships, Postpartum Depression / Anxiety, Self Esteem, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma / PTSD

Therapeutic Approaches:

I work with individuals to identify areas of their lives where they feel emotionally blocked. I use talk therapy, as well as the arts and action-oriented approaches, to support you in finding your own unique way to express yourself and create movement in the areas where you are stuck.

and get back in touch with forgotten or unknown parts of themselves.


I cultivate a safe space where you can be deeply listened to and received without judgment.  I will support and work with you to access your strengths, and utilize these as resources to manage and make meaning of your struggles. I actively work through a social justice lens – holding your unique life experiences with respect, curiosity and compassion, and being mindful to practice from a stance of cultural humility.

Approaches

Jungian
Psychology:

Developed by Swiss Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung, this modality draws on dreamwork, archetypes, and attention to one’s inner life to catalyze the process of individuation. It is a comprehensive method for understanding the relationship between conscious and unconscious experience.

Expressive Arts Therapy:

Sometimes words are not enough. The arts allow us to express ourselves and get to the heart of an issue in a way words cannot. This approach draws on myriad modalities (visual arts, music, writing, sandtray, movement) to support you to find new ways express yourself and gain insight into an issue. The focus is not on the end result or creating a masterpiece, but by the process of creating you can explore your emotional landscape in a deep & insight way to gain a new perspectives or generate movement around an area that is stuck.

Drama
Therapy:

This is an action-based and experiential approach that allows for expression of stuck feelings and patterns to be released in a safe and contained environment through improv, role play, and imaginative exercises and activities.  It can be both an active and reflective approach that allows for integration of experiences on a cognitive, physical, spiritual and emotional level.

Person-Centered:

Focuses on you as expert in your experience, and the idea the therapist provides a space where you can be received with empathy, authenticity and unconditional regard, allowing for you unpack and let go outmoded patterns and ways of being through positive and reparative experiences in the therapeutic relationship.

Strength-based:

Focuses resiliency, and identifying, exploring and utilizing your strengths as resources to move through obstacles and hardships. We all use this approach to identify and set goals, and cultivate coping skills.

Attachment Theory:

The quality of our early relationships shapes our brains, our nervous systems, and our degree of emotional resilience.  Attachment theory looks at how we bond, find a sense of security and navigate getting our needs met in relationships. Our work in therapy will gradually help you build more secure attachments.

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Education

Education

2009-2012

California Institute of
Integral Studies

San Francisco, CA

Master of Arts - Counseling Psychology & Expressive Arts Therapy

1999-2003

Newcastle University
United Kingdom

Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy, Project Management, & Literature

Experience

Professional Training & Experience

August 2022 The Critical Art of Responding to Postpartum Disorders: Tools for Holding Perinatal Distress Hilary Waller PESI, Online July 2022 Dialectical Behavior Therapy Certification Training with Katelyn Baxter­Musser, PESI, Online March 2021 Suicide Assessment and Intervention, Ofer Zur, Zur Institute, Online April 2020 Telehealth: Legal and Ethical Issues with Ben Caldwell, SimplePractice Learning, Online January 2020 Treating Trauma, PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury, Zur Institute, Online January 2020 HIV/AIDS Assessment and Treatment, Zur Institute, Online October 2019 Asian Americans and Microaggressions: Clinical Implications, RAMs Inc., San Francisco, CA January 2018 5150 Certification Training, San Francisco, CA April 2017 Bay Area Conference on Chinese American Mental Health, Palo Alto, CA February 2017 Black History Month Event: Social Justice Awareness Training, San Francisco, CA March 2015 Child Abuse Assessment Certification & Cultural Awareness Training with Shanthi Karamcheti, Edgewood, San Mateo, CA February 2015 Cultural Diversity with Natalie Thoreson Substance Abuse and Harm Reduction with Sue Ferrer Handle With Care 1 & Family Conferencing with Sue Henkin-Haas, Edgewood, San Mateo, CA July 2014 Play Therapy Training with Karen Wolfe, San Francisco, CA February 2011 Sandtray Training with Jo Sopko, MFT, San Rafael, CA January 2010 to May 2010 Drama Therapy Training with Armand Volkas, MFT, Oakland, CA February 2010 Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence 40 hour training certificate, La Casa de las Madres, San Francisco, CA September 2009 to December 2010 Process Group and Group Dynamics class with Lois Friedlander, MFT, San Francisco, CA Clinical experience includes working in private practice setting, public schools & inpatient settings. Completed pre-requisite courses in Psychometric Testing, Aging & Child Abuse reporting.

Related Training & Experience

First Aid & CPR certification with American Heart Association

Nov 2013 & Feb 2017

CIIS, San Francisco, CA

Teacher’s Assistant in Movement and Dance Therapy training  with Charlotte Korda

April 2013

Big Sur, CA

5Rhythms with Lucia Horan (Week-long dance workshop – including using drama therapy, somatic techniques, and story-telling)

March 2014

Mountainview, CA

OpenFloor with Andrea Juhan (4 day dance workshop – including using movement, drama and somatic therapy techniques)

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