Julie Levin


Julie Levin


Professions: Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 40686
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $195 for 2019

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Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


395 Taylor Blvd
Suite 115
Pleasant Hill, California 94523

My Approach to Helping

Pleasing others is a coping strategy we learn as kids. We often have a parent who had difficulty really being there for us. We learned that by tending to them, they would become a bit more available to us. In our adult relationships, we end up feeling neglected, taken for granted, resentful, and even lonely. We feel disconnected from our own needs, feelings, and preferences. Just thinking about what we want might bring up guilt or anxiety.

As women, there's an extra pressure toward people pleasing. We are socialized to put others first. We measure our worth based on how we look. We learn to read people's emotional signals, often knowing how they feel before they do. We stress over setting boundaries because disappointing people makes us so uncomfortable. Our sense of security is tied into the need for approval and belonging. And if we had a parent who could only love conditionally, we believe that the only way we can be loved is to meet the needs of others.

I understand this dynamic because I've lived it. In my forties, I found a mentor who helped me let go of my own people pleasing behavior and learn to give myself the love and care my own parents couldn't provide. Through my work, I discovered a profound sense of security and happiness - something I had always longed for and thought I had to earn through caring for others. It turns out that it's not being good or kind or pretty that makes us feel lovable. It's receiving love and care for no reason at all - unconditionally - that makes us feel deeply lovable.

Over the past ten years, I've shared this process with dozens of women. And I hear over and over how transformative it is. They stop criticizing and judging themselves. They get comfortable setting boundaries that are firm but kind. They know deep in their bones they are lovable. They feel joy because they know what lights them up, and they are happy to provide those experiences for themselves. And their relationships with others improve too. Because they give from a place of genuine desire instead of duty, guilt, or giving in order to win love or approval.

I would love to share this process with you and see if it's something that would feel right for you.

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 are in Southern California, there is another therapist named Julie Levin in Van Nuys. I also offer phone counseling if you are not in my area, but you would 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.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with women who had cold, mean, or critical mothers, who struggle with a harsh inner critic, and who never feel good enough, despite all kinds of successes and achievements.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anxiety
  • Breakup
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame

Types of Therapy

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Hypnotherapy
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