Julie Pearson, LICSW - Therapist in North Kingstown, RI

Julie Pearson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting clients for Managing Your Mood with Cognitive Therapy group therapy program; not accepting new clients for individual therapy


 

Clientele

Young adults / college students (21 - 24)
Adults
Couples
Family
Seniors (65+)
Groups

Specialties & expertise

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationship challenges
  • Group therapy
  • Parenting
  • Peripartum depression
  • Personality disorders
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Existential challenges
  • ADD/ADHD

Professional statement

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. 


Specialties

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

General expertise

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)


Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Tufts

Out-of-pocket fees

  • 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."


Treatment approaches

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. (learn more)
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


Languages

English


Client testimonials

I have had 10 therapists before Julie Pearson and she has helped me more than all combined- she is extremely professional and does not tell you what you want to hear, she is very intelligent and capable- there are a great deal of sub par therapist out there- Julie is one in a million I can’t speak more highly of her.
— Recovering addict (2017)
After working with a few different therapists, when I met with Julie the first time I felt like it was a great fit and I felt very comfortable. The more comfortable you feel with a therapist, the more honest you can be with yourself and with them. I have also had therapists that I have worked with, where I felt like I was meeting with them for the first time at every appointment. Julie remembers details and also helps you set goals in between her appointment. She teaches you different skills on how to cope, and even gives you a note card after a session. This is great for forgetful people like myself, it keeps you on track to remember your goals and how to achieve them. I know that I am doing my own work in between and it helps me be held accountable. This isn’t required or monitored but it’s just a little tool to help. I have found doing my own work in between teaches you how to move forward with your goals. I’m also very interested in reading materials or books and she sometimes will have a few great recommendations.
— Current client (2017)

Professional endorsements

Julie is warm, intelligent, and competent.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties
— Karin Dodge Magee, PhD (2017)