My Approach to Helping
My clients are amazing and wonderful people who believe they aren't lovable the way they are. They judge themselves and berate themselves mercilessly. This dialogue of self-judgment and irritation is like background music. They don't even know it's playing most of the time.
In therapy, they learn to tune in to their self-talk. They come to understand how self-criticism and perfectionism were the only way to get some of their emotional needs met as kids. And they discover that as adults, they can get those needs met much more successfully by treating themselves with kindness, compassion, and friendliness.
I combine this insight-oriented therapy with practical skill-building, so that clients can experience the transformative power of receiving love and kindness from the person they are with 24/7: themselves.
When you spend all day, every day with someone who loves you, who treats you respectfully, and who is worthy of your trust, everything else changes. No longer needing approval from others, since you get all you need within, you are free to choose relationships that support you and nurture you. You are free to be your true self with others. Depression, anxiety, and addictive or compulsive behaviors naturally decrease.
More Info About My Practice
Please visit my website for the most up-to-date information about fees, insurance, and hours.
Please note my practice is in Northern California, about 40 minutes east of San Francisco. If you?re in Southern California, there is another therapist named Julie Levin in Van Nuys. I also offer phone counseling if you?re not in my area, but you?d like to work with me.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I LOVE what I do. Watching someone get stronger, more confident, capable, and healthier - and knowing I had a part in that process - feels great.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Choosing the right therapist is the most important factor in the success of therapy. There are so many different kinds of therapy and therapists. Knowing what works for you is key. If you want a therapist who listens well, but also talks and teaches, I might be a good fit. If you want to understand how your past impacted your current problems (not to wallow, but to gain self-compassion and know what needs to be changed), then the kind of therapy I do will likely feel right. If you want a place where you feel safe expressing your full range of feelings (or learn how to do that), then we might work really well together. The only way to know for sure is to sit with me and get a feel for what it's like. So I offer a free, in person, 30 minute consultation.