Julie is an amazing therapist! … She made me feel like no matter what I came to her with, she would still be there for me.

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Training and Experience

Julie Southam M.Ed., CCC - EMDR Psychotherapist

Julie completed her B.Ed. in 2000 and spent six years teaching in Canada, the Middle East, and the United States. After realizing that many individuals were struggling to be successful in school, Julie obtained her PBDE to become a counsellor in order to assist students in understanding their emotions and their behaviours so that they could navigate themselves towards success. After assisting students in the schools for six years, Julie obtained her M.Ed. (Psych.) in order to assist individuals in a more thorough manner in the community setting. She received her clinical training at the Student Counselling and Career Centre at the University of Manitoba under the supervision of a Clinical Psychologist.

Since 2012, Julie has been focused on continuing her training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing while building her own private practice that is dedicated to empowering individuals to live healthy, happy, and well-rounded lives. Additionally, she has taught several counselling courses at the University of Manitoba as a sessional instructor. Currently she is nearing the completion of her EMDR certification.

Julie is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, member #6242 and has professional liability insurance through Marsh Canada limited.

Additional Training

Attachment; LGBTTQ; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST); Problematic Sexualized Behaviour (FASA); Working Effectively with Violent and Aggressive States (WEVAS); Mental Health First Aid; Threat Assessment Level 1; CPR; EMDR conference; Dissociation; Mindfulness; Trauma-Informed; Emotion-Focused Therapy.

Philosophy

Why would you see a therapist?

Just like a car needs an oil-change or a tune up to ensure it runs properly, so do human-beings. Most people are just trying to make it through their day-to-day lives and don’t take the time to “tune-up” until they have fallen apart. Coming to therapy is like changing the oil in your car…we tune up your system so that it runs properly.

How does therapy work?

Therapy is like taking a road trip with someone… The client is the driver and is focused solely on one task and is unable to see the whole picture. The therapist is the navigator who can look around and provide information to the driver who makes decisions so they arrive at their desired destination. Once a client arrives at their goal, the therapist is able to exit so that the client is able to continue on their own with new understanding, confidence, and skills.

Why therapy with Julie?

“Julie is an amazing therapist! She is kind, warm, and very easy to talk to. She provides patience, space, and understanding. She made me feel like no matter what I came to her with, she would still be there for me. I felt like I could crack and break apart in front of her and she wouldn’t leave me or judge me. She helped me feel like I wasn’t doomed and everything I was going through was a part of the human experience and completely reasonable. She could companion me and guide me as we put the pieces of myself back together. I am forever grateful to her and the support she has given me. She has the ability to break things down into digestible, workable pieces. I have changed for the better because of her work. I have put old pains to rest and am moving forward in my life with confidence and a sense of peace because of the work I did with her.” — A Client

Testimonials

“I appreciate Julie’s clarity and honesty”.

“She is highly skilled”.

“I appreciated [Julie’s] genuineness”.

“I felt a connection”.

Julie has “genuine care” for her clients.

She is “empowering”.

I noticed a real difference in one day…I came [into work] this morning feeling a lot more relaxed and happy. I feel totally capable of being calm and strategic. [Julie does] such amazing things for people who need help..its inspiring. Thank you.

[EMDR] is different but it works.

Julie has been a godsend to me. With her help I have grown and empowered myself in ways I did not think were possible for me. She helped me identify my problems and helped me realize appropriate ways to deal with them. Thank you for your constant support Julie.