Julia Flood, LCSW Licensed Psychotherapist
I am a licensed psychotherapist, and have been working in the mental health field since 1996. I specialize in couples therapy (marriage counseling), helping couples in crisis to break out of the vicious cycle of hurting and being hurt.
I have been married myself for 20 years, with 2 children, so I understand both the joys and struggles that marriage and family can bring. In our culture, there's a lot of pressure to look like we have it all together, especially when it comes to our families. Most of us don't though, and the sooner we realize that we could use some support, the better!
I'm committed to addressing couples and individuals as whole people, on an emotional, mental, social, and spiritual level. That means that a big part of my focus on relationships is about respecting who you are - your values, choices, and beliefs - and helping you to grow and flourish in that. We'll work together to strike the right balance between respecting your boundaries of how much you’re willing to change at this time, while gently challenging you to grow in areas of your life and relationships.
The specific approach to counseling that I take is a blend of Bader-Pearson's Developmental Model, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Put simply, my focus is on understanding how our thoughts and feelings, as well as our interactions with others, can effect how we perceive life, and then working together to find practical solutions to deal with this.
While I have spent most of my professional career in the States, I am originally from Berlin, Germany where I earned my master’s degree in social work (MSW), and a certificate in Systemic Counseling and Therapy from the Institute of Systemic Therapy and Occupational Counseling (ISTOB) in Munich. I am licensed as a LCSW therapist in California.
I have been working in the mental health field since 1996. Over the years I have been able to work with people from all walks of life - children, adults and seniors, couples and families, all from a wide variety of backgrounds. I have worked as a psychotherapist, psychiatric social worker, counselor, and case manager. This experience has greatly helped me to understand the full range of complex problems people face, and continues to shape my approach as a therapist.