Julia Gerhardt, LCSW, LLC

“You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.”
- Brené Brown
“Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed.”
- Michelle Obama
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”
- Maya Angelou
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
- Alice Walker
“Do not ignore the pain. Give it purpose. Use it.”
- Amanda Gorman
“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”
- Henry David Thoreau
“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”
- Emily Dickinson

About My Practice

I have been practicing as a mental health counselor for over a decade. Prior to practicing in Boise, I worked in St. Louis, Missouri for two years in the field of Social Work after graduating with a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in 2001. Throughout my career I have worked with numerous populations in a variety of settings. I primarily focus my counseling practice on adults (18 and up) who are experiencing symptoms of life/work/relationship stress, anxiety, depression, grief, and Trauma (or other stressor-related disorders). I have experience working with teens (13 and up) and will consider individuals of this age range on a case-by-case basis.

The treatment modality that informs my practice is EMDR Therapy.  I have been a Certified EMDR Therapist since April of 2015, and received my basic training in EMDR Therapy in April of 2013.  While my style is influenced primarily by the EMDR model, it is also shaped by other theories including, but not limited to:  Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Internal Family Systems Theory, Attachment Theory, Polyvagal Theory, and Mindfulness.  

The following are my areas of focus; if your needs fall outside of my scope of practice, I am happy to provide referrals to therapists who can better meet your needs.

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