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Hi… I’m Dr. Julie Hartman… everyone calls me Julie.

I have over 20 years of experience with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and supportive therapy. I worked with kids, teens, and young adults. In addition to my private practice, I founded the Mindful Resource Center (MRC). I’m now taking that focus into my updated private practice, 'Therapy with Youth' and ‘Therapy with Adults’. I have the passion and know-how for improving your child's well-being and for elevating your emotional well-being.

When I'm not writing professional books, creating courses, or taking care of my health, I enjoy the outdoors, my 2 kids and dog, and spending time at home watching Netflix and reading books.

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Education & Experience
 

The benefits of choosing me as your child's/teen's Therapist:

  • I’m a mom too, so trust me… I get it.

  • I love therapy - it opens up paths for well-being

  • I use teletherapy for convenience and effectiveness

  • I see a teletherapy therapist myself for my own well-being

  • I have vast experience with helping to improve youth’s quality of life

  • I have many tools to customize my approach to your child's/teen's needs

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The benefits of choosing me as your therapist:

  • I’m an adult too, so trust me… I get it.

  • I love therapy - it opens up paths for well-being

  • I use teletherapy for convenience and effectiveness

  • I see a teletherapy therapist myself for my own well-being

  • I have vast experience with helping to improve your quality of life

  • I have many tools to customize our approach to YOUR needs

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Education & Experience

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Where I come from…

 

I chose a doctoral education at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in 1996 due to the program's child and adult attachment, youth and family life emphasis which served as the unifying core of my training.

 

I learned early on about the neuroscience of humans…

 

Humans are 'pack' animals. We 'tend and befriend', live and function in groups and are highly distracted when relationships are strained (including relationships with ourselves!)… and that's because our biological, evolutionary roots not only help us to thrive... but survive in this vulnerable human race. 

 

So to be as helpful as I could in my Psychologist evolution, I simply had to be mentored by some of the best in the field…

 

I added into my doctoral education a simultaneous year-long specialized training in Moms' Responses to Their Babies’ Cries at Stanford University.

 

A year later, I gained an additional and simultaneous year-long once-in-a-lifetime training from one of THE leading Attachment specialists via UC Berkeley.

 

I was also thrilled to learn from one of the Pioneers in Oxytocin research at UCSF the following year in another simultaneous year-long program (Oxytocin is the 'cuddle hormone' that shows up in every intimate interaction between humans - including pets - I'm apparently an Oxytocin junkie!).

 

I’ve also worked in school settings, adult therapy programs, group therapy settings, and hospitals.

 

My philosophy…

 

What if we treated stress the same way we treat a persistent cough or ear ache? No stigma, just a good relationship with your doc.

 

Well, I've come to this conclusion...

Kids/teens experience distress of all types and many need a therapist to help them improve their skills for and coping of distress. They also need their parents to know how to have a therapeutic role at home, which is why I involve the parents closely in their child's/teen's therapy. Teletherapy involves mostly talking so I often split the sessions between the child and the parent. Teens are usually fine with a full talk therapy session.

 

As for therpay with Moms, most can benefit from a good relationship with a mental health doc like me.

 

Moms don’t just have kids and parenting in common, they have being a woman, being a daughter or sister, being a worker, a helper, a partner and friend…

 

I look at motherhood as involving many ROLES, as shown in the heart-shaped word cloud above. It’s any of these roles that can create great reward or great strain. Therapy can help Moms be in control of their roles in a satisfying way rather than their roles taking control of them.