Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Offers remote video sessions
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Julia Baum is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY specializing in working with adults in their 20s and 30s as they navigate the challenges of depression and anxiety. With a background in the arts, Julia has a deep understanding of the ups and downs creative people face. She welcomes a wide range of creative professionals and entrepreneurs to her practice.
Julia has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), a form of CBT. Her sessions are goal-oriented and solution-focused. She teaches clients how to problem-solve in the moment, increasing understanding of their thinking patterns and how these thoughts trigger unhelpful emotions and behaviors. Clients learn how to respond to these thoughts in a helpful, logical way instead.
Julia is a creative thinker, and skillfully draws from both the most up-to-date therapeutic research and ancient understandings of mindfulness to help each client engage with their most authentic self. Her office is located in Williamsburg, a short walk from the Marcy Ave subway station.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Artists’ mental health – Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life for architects, visual, and performing artists
Entrepreneurs’ mental health – Supportive coaching and stress management skill-building for startup founders, early team members at a growing startup, business owners, and freelancers
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Panic disorders – Building coping skills to identify and manage triggers; explore underlying causes related to feelings of panic
Chronic pain – Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain
Anger management – Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets
Insomnia – Addressing problems related to lack of restful sleep including difficulty falling asleep, waking often, and restless sleep
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Phobias – Providing techniques and support to overcome intense fear, anxiety, and panic related to specific triggers, such as heights or crowded spaces
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Julia is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $175 (60min)
Ongoing sessions: $175/session (45min)
Therapist's note: Julia can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“You didn’t come this far, to only come this far. Let's work together to help you bounce back and get going again. I firmly believe in the wise words of the philosopher, Epictetus, who said, ‘It is not what happens to you but, how you react to it that matters.’ My practice offers the highest quality, evidence-based therapy in combination with philosophy, and mindfulness techniques to help you get un-stuck.”
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Humanistic TherapyHumanistic Therapy focuses on each person's individual nature, accentuating his or her positive traits and ability to find growth, healing, and fulfilling within themselves. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy is a cognitive therapy with behavioral components that takes a practical approach to changing unhelpful thought and behavior patterns. The therapist helps the client to identify and challenge irrational beliefs and replace them with more realistic and helpful thoughts that promote the client’s ability to achieve their goals. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2016 - Present
Interborough Developmental & Consultation Center, 2013 - 2017
Harlem Bay Network PROS, 2016 - 2017
Fordham University, MSEd, 2014
School of Visual Arts, BFA, 2005