Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Anxiety and depression
Grieving and complicated grief
Living with acute and chronic illness
Coping with illness in the family
End of life issues
College student challenges
Existential challenges / crises
LGBTQ and gender identity issues
Julie Simon is a psychologist in East Arlington, MA. She specializes in providing care to individuals who have been touched by a medical illness or issue in some way. She welcomes the chance to support people who are living with a temporary, chronic, or terminal illness, people who are caring for someone living with an illness, and people who have grown up with an ill family member. Julie also has extensive training and an interest in supporting people who are dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, past or recent traumas, and difficult life transitions.
Julie has over 10 years of experience working with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including inpatient hospitals, university counseling centers, and outpatient clinics. She received her doctoral degree from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology with a concentration in health psychology.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Grieving and complicated grief, living with acute and chronic illness, coping with illness in the family, end of life issues – Specializes in providing care to individuals who have been touched by a medical illness or issue in some way. Welcomes the chance to support people who are living with a temporary, chronic, or terminal illness, people who are caring for someone living with an illness, and people who have grown up with an ill family member.
Relationship struggles – 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
Trauma – Including dealing with past or recent sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Individual sessions: $160/session (50min)
PPO plans: If you are using a PPO plan outside of my accepted insurance plans, you will have to submit some paperwork to get reimbursed. I will be happy to provide you with an invoice that contains all of the necessary information you will need to apply for reimbursement.
Sliding scale: I also work with people using a sliding scale. Based on need, I see people for a reduced fee. This can be negotiated prior to starting therapy.
Message to clients
"I believe that therapy can be helpful for a variety of issues, and most people can benefit from a safe space to explore the things that may be holding them back in life. I view therapy as a collaborative, dynamic, and individualized process. I have a warm and engaging style and am flexible in adapting therapy to meet your needs and goals. I draw from several treatment approaches, including psychodynamic, relational, and cognitive-behavioral to help you increase self-awareness and insight, develop effective coping skills, and heal from past experiences that have left emotional marks. While therapy can be challenging, it can also be the catalyst that allows you to live a more fulfilled and peaceful life.
One common thread that I have discovered through my work is the importance of the therapeutic alliance. The fit between you and your therapist is the foundation upon which the work of therapy is built. I encourage you to find someone who allows you to feel connected and supported."
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.
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (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)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (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, December 2016 - Present
Psychological Care Associates, February 2016 - Present
Lynn Community Health Center, Post Doc Fellow, 2014 - 2015
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College), Psy.D Clinical Psychology, 2010 - 2014
Towson University, Master's in Clinical Psychology, 2006 - 2008
Clark University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2001 - 2005