Growth Activator, Victim Liberator, Compassionate, Accessible, Relationship Healing, Discerning Visionary, Holistic Perspective
Certified Clinical Traumatologist
Certified Field Traumatologist
Certified Compassion Fatigue Therapist
Certified Life Coach: Expert Level
Movement Therapist: Masters Level
Staff Care & Development Counselor for Communitas International
Biennial Guest Professor at Hope College (Michigan)
Deploying Member of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology
Areas of Expertise:
Trauma & Abuse, Crisis Stabilization, Individual & Couples Counseling, Spiritual Issues, Parenting, Multicultural/Blended Marriage and Family Issues, Life transitions, Mentorship
Integrated approach drawn from Psychodynamic & CBT theories, Trauma Specialist, Values-based Mentoring, Expressive Arts Therapy, EMDR Trained
Each person represents an everchanging kaleidoscope of successes, joys, setbacks, failures, opportunities, and loss. No story is alike and no single aspect of ourselves can be compartmentalized if we are to truly heal. We are an embodiment of mind, body, and soul, which work collaboratively to foster a healthy and flourishing life.
It is my heart and commitment to partner with you in stepping into a fully integrated healthy life, whether that means overcoming trauma, healing wounds, visioning out the future, mending relationships, or discerning healthy habits and next steps. I believe one’s counseling experience should be customized and strength based, honoring the preferences of those with whom I work. As such, my approach to counseling is grounded in trauma informed, evidence-based practices designed to support each individual’s goals. It is my priority to create an encouraging, honest, and judgement-free environment to help you find fullness in life.
About me. Adventurer, Lover of Seasons, Spontaneous, Most at home in the Mountains, Grounded in Faith, Coffee and Brainstorming, Creator of spaces and memories, Mom.
There is a magnet on my refrigerator that reads “I have an insane calling to be where I am not!” Some might say that makes me an adventurer while others might label me restless. In response, I would simply quote Emily Dickinson:
“I dwell in possibility…”
Life is full of change. Sometimes we make those changes intentionally but often, change occurs in our lives without our initiation. It is those times when resiliency comes in to play. Resilience references one’s ability to recover from or adjust to misfortune or change. It’s easy to feel hopeless as we observe those to whom it comes naturally, but it’s important to know that resilience skills can be learned! My daughter is a dancer in NYC. She makes impossible moves appear effortless, but never doubt the hours and sacrifices required to achieve this!
Throughout life we are impacted by our experiences. My first trip through Europe after college was with a backpack and a Eurail Pass but decades later I returned to work with refugees who have witnessed unspeakable horrors. My sons and husband are Pastors and First Responders who frequently find themselves assisting people in their darkest hours. I’ve been privileged to come alongside those who struggle with mental illness. I’ve counseled trafficked women and severely abused children through their trauma as they journey toward healing. I’ve lobbied and testified before state legislatures on their behalf and I’ve sat on Governor’s Advisory Councils in an effort to effect change. I invest myself in these efforts because I DO believe in possibilities! I believe in the possibility of healing, of restored relationships, of a brighter future and a flourishing life for those who courageously seek help.
Julie Ippolito completed her undergraduate work at the University of Redlands in California and earned her Master of Arts degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She earned a Post Baccalaureate Certificate as a Clinical Traumatologist from the Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies at Divine Mercy University in Washington DC. Additionally, she studied Life Coaching through the Institute for Life Coach Training and has participated in numerous courses through the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation in Philadelphia.
Julie is active in numerous professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology and the American Dance Therapy Association. She sits on the Advisory Board for the Dance Arts League of Atlantic County, Inc. where she assisted in the development of a new program for survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and human trafficking. She is a member of the Staff Care & Development Team for Communitas International through which she is available for counseling, emotional and spiritual support for their 200+ missionaries who are placed internationally. Over the course of 30+ years she has worked in psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers, for non-profits and in private practice with adults, adolescents and couples. Her work with Green Cross extends nationwide and she travels internationally through Communitas International. Julie lobbied on the state level and sat on a Governor’s Advisory Committee for special interest groups representing emotional health issues. She is also a biennial guest professor at Hope College in Michigan.
Julie is currently accepting new clients, so feel free to contact us to set up an initial appointment or ask any questions you may have. She is very flexible when it comes to scheduling, and has more available appointment times available than what is listed on his calendar. She can be reached directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.