RESIDENT IN COUNSELING
Hello & welcome! My name is Julia Wellons. I am currently a mental health therapist and Board-approved Resident in Counseling in the state of Virginia. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s of Science in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Bonaventure University.
A little more about my professional background:
I have found that my preferred approach is that of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which proves to be largely helpful within the therapeutic process for a variety of presenting problems by connecting the dots between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I appreciate that each and every person is unique and has had unique, lived experiences that have shaped who they are, so I tend to use an integrative approach, including Dialectical Behavioral therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, person-centered therapy, and narrative therapy, to assist clients with learning new skills and tools to manage symptoms associated with mental health difficulties, gaining insight, and finding inner strengths.
I have worked with a variety of populations and presenting problems during my clinical tenure. I have experience and enjoy working with adolescents and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, stress or burnout, identity exploration, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, and life transitions. I currently retain a certification as a clinical trauma specialist for individuals.
A little more about me as a therapist:
As your therapist, I am here to serve as your advocate and your teammate. Let's face it--life can prove to be difficult and challenging in many different ways. I truly believe that we all possess the inner strengths and resiliency to overcome the challenges that life throws at us, and that sometimes we need someone for guidance and support to access them. I am here to listen, and to assist you on your journey to inner peace, growth, and healing. Together, we will work to overcome any challenges that may come your way and to help you truly enjoy your walk through life as your best self.
I firmly believe that although counseling can be challenging or uncomfortable at times, it should also be enjoyable! I will be a part of your support system while creating a fun, non-judgmental safe space where we can work together to navigate any curveballs life throws your way. I will guide you through hardships whilst fostering positive experiences along the way. Together, we can create a plan and set goals centered around your specific needs and wants on your counseling journey. Remember, I am here to help you achieve the happy and fulfilling life you so dream of and deserve! Thanks for reading!