Julie Murphy is a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor practicing art therapy and clinical counseling. She earned her Masters of Arts in Clinical Counseling: Art Therapy from Adler University in Chicago, IL and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Elmhurst University. Julie's background includes working with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, non-profit organizations and school based settings. Some of her clinical interest has been working with anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief and loss, and stress management.
"In using different modalities within my practice, I believe that within the therapeutic process it is important to address issues early on upon presentation but to also meet where the client is in their recovery and establish a therapeutic relationship with my client. As an art therapist and having worked with children/disabilities, I embrace the expressive arts as a way to channel another form of communication in therapy since verbalizing thoughts and feelings can be challenging to do at times. I believe that art making can teach clients a new outlet for managing emotions, boost self-esteem and promote self-awareness. My relationship with my clients is one of empathy, patience and in a space that promotes creativity and the openness to express oneself".
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way---things I had no words for." -Georgia O'Keefe