Young adults / college students (21 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
Julie Pearson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice with over 20 years of experience working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem issues, and relationship issues. Recently, she has also developed an interest in supporting women who are experiencing peripartum depression.
One of Julie's passions is running a therapy group, "Mind Over Mood," which teaches individuals concrete Cognitive Behavioral skills to cope with issues such as: Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Postpartum Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder, as well as anger or grief issues.
Julie works with clients age 21 and older in individual, family, and group therapy sessions. She strives to provide helpful information and support that will positively impact her clients, and is particularly passionate about conducting therapy groups.
Julie worked in a hospital setting for 6 years before joining RICBT. She has experience working with clients at every level of care, from inpatient to outpatient settings.
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Self esteem – Recognizing positive attributes you possess
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Peripartum depression – Peripartum anxiety and depression; developing healthy attachment with infants
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) – Managing severe and recurring symptoms emotional and physical changes during menstruation
Trauma – Dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Initial evaluation: $175/session (45min)
Ongoing sessions: $130/session (45min)
Group sessions: $50/session (45min)
Therapist's note: If you are seeking out-of-network sessions, Julie can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company and/or submit your claims for you.
Message to clients
"I so enjoy working with folks who make the courageous first step to schedule an initial appointment. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy offers so many skills, tools, and information- it is very helpful to each person on their journey towards self knowledge, contentment and fulfillment."
Cognitive 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.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (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)
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
RICBT, Therapist, 2004 - Present
UMass Marlboro Hospital/Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, 1997 - 2003
Boston College, Masters, Social Work, 1992
University of Vermont, Bachelors, Social Work, 1990