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Julie Feldman, LCSW

Hello, my name is Julie Feldman.

I work with children, teens, young adults, and their families; helping each, in their own way, navigate the ups and downs of new or chronic diagnoses, challenges, or general life stressors. I have a special interest in working with individuals and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Over the last 10 years, I have been lucky enough to combine my love for the outdoors and my passion for the work I do as an assistant camp director for individuals on the autism spectrum. My role as an advocate allowed campers to celebrate their individual strengths in order to enhance self-confidence, self-esteem, and social skills. Additionally, I took that passion and led a trip of 20-somethings on the Autism Spectrum through Israel in 2019. During my time as a Chicago school social worker, I have supported predominantly LatinX families. I have strong Spanish conversational skills and a good understanding of cultural norms and differences. While I am not Latina, I use my previous knowledge as well as my clients’ personal experiences to support them throughout the therapeutic process.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.​

Lao Tzu​

HOW I HELP

My efforts are geared to the support often required by our youth and their caregivers, in navigating the challenges that come with anxiety, depression, ADHD, developmental disabilities, grief and loss, or changes in the family system. I encourage families to work together to find strength in their own abilities and in self-advocacy. Prior to Urban Wellness, I worked for 10 years as a school social worker, and grew to understand the best ways to help families navigate the school system. While the education system can open doors to endless possibilities, I can also help you manage the potential barriers that you may face, beginning in pre-school and all the way through college.

EDUCATOR

I believe that all children and adolescents are capable of overcoming challenging events, symptoms, and beliefs when given tools to communicate, cope, and play. In therapy, my clients will learn how to identify and manage their emotions, create a tool box for long-term coping and mindfulness, as well as an improve their ability to interact with their peers, family members, and teachers.

LISTENER

All families have a story to tell and experiences to share. Each and every member of a child’s family are a crucial part of their growth as individuals, and when the situations arise, in the healing and maturation process. My job is to listen to your story and help you uncover positive ways to move forward, so you are able to use learned therapeutic processes outside the office and in your home, school, and community. As your family/child’s story changes over the course of therapy, so will the process and goals.

GUIDE

Therapy works best when hope and joy is found in the process of storytelling and learning. I will guide you/your child through their own journey of problem-solving, adjustment, and understanding – using techniques such as cognitive reframing, mindfulness and meditation, psychoeducation, role-play, journaling, and art.

MORE ABOUT ME

Outside of the office, I can often be found running or biking along the lake, playing with my puppy, or exploring the Chicago restaurant scene with family and friends! I love to travel; both close to home and all over the world! You will always find me with a coffee in hand and new recipe in mind to try out!

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

Schedule your first appointment. For follow up appointments (existing clients), please contact your therapist at 773-774-4444.

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