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Julie Johnson

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner
Clinical Director and Co-Training Director
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SPECIAL CLINICAL INTERESTS

Adolescents and Adults
Complex, Acute and Developmental Trauma
Grief and Loss
Anxiety Disorders
Somatic Concerns
Depressive Disorders
Mood Disorders
Adjustment Disorders
Self-Injury
Early Adulthood / College Transitional Issues
Family and Couples Relationship Issues
Mind/body awareness

EDUCATION

Doctorate Degree: Clinical Psychology with completed tracks in Child and Adolescent and Maltreatment and Trauma, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
Master’s Degree: Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
Bachelor’s Degree: Psychology and Sociology, Adrian College, Adrian, MI
Clinical Psychology Internship: Clinical Child Psychology, APA Accredited Internship at Childhood Trauma Treatment Program, Advocate Christ Outpatient, Oak Lawn and Bolingbrook, IL
Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Palos Behavioral Health Professionals
Licensure: Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Certification: Somatic Experiencing®

Julie has been practicing at MiraCare (formerly Palos Behavioral Health Professionals) since 2003. She primarily sees adolescents and adults (individuals, families and couples/parents) inclusive of many races, genders, sexual orientations, and religious beliefs. They present with a wide range of adversities that manifest as various symptoms and diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, acute and complex trauma, adjustment to life transitions, grief, interpersonal relationship challenges and somatic concerns. She believes in a collaborative, team approach, and she works with both internal and external providers to coordinate care and services.

She completed intense training in Somatic Experiencing®, which emphasizes how trauma impacts the nervous system, relationships, and emotional and physical wellbeing. This holistic, mind/body integration shapes the way she combines somatic, cognitive, and insight-oriented interventions to heal past traumas, improve difficulties in current relationships, and decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. By appreciating a person’s unique culture and experiences, she aims to cultivate a space of safety and trust to address any seen and unseen barriers on the path for healing and growth. She is honored, humbled, and privileged to be a part of so many journeys on their path to health and healing.

She is also the Training Director of the practice’s APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Internship Program and supervises both interns and post-doctoral fellows. Working on the Training Team has been both extremely rewarding and highly integral part of her journey as she values the joint venture of helping trainees develop their professional identities and find their passion within the field while also learning from them as they grow.

She is married and a mother of two children and two dogs.  She enjoys swimming, running, and spending time with her family and friends. She is passionate about traveling and experiencing new cultures, foods, chocolates from around the world, people, and environments; cities, mountains, beaches, islands, oceans… you name it, she wants to go!

additional information

  • Location: Palos Heights

  • Telehealth: Yes, if appropriate

PATIENT FOCUSED

By working together in one collaborative environment, patients and families benefit from a higher level of listening, bridging and sharing.

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DEVOTED TO FAMILY

With a long history of caring for children and teens in an inclusive manner, family is rooted in the MiraCare continuum of care.

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