JULIA HALE, LICSW, ACT
My name is Julia and I am a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist with over 10 years experience helping clients overcome a wide range of developmental, psychiatric, and health-related disorders.
I received my BA in Psychology from the University of Vermont, and after several years in the field, continued on to earn a Masters in Social Work (MSW) Summa Cum Laude from New York University. As a graduate student, I received training and education in both outpatient and inpatient settings, holding internship positions at New York Methodist Hospital and the New York State Psychiatric Hospital at New York Presbyterian. During this time I received an award from the New York Office of Mental Health for my commitment to evidence based practice in the field.
Early in my career, I spent my days in New York City helping street homeless individuals living with mental illness achieve a better overall quality of life through various emotional wellness programs and supported housing opportunities. Since then, I have worked in various settings, including the outpatient psychiatry department at Mount Auburn Hospital, where I developed a deep appreciation for the close connections between physical and mental health and the challenges facing patients and their families.
Because I value life long learning, I am devoted to ever expanding and honing my clinical skills, knowledge base and expertise. It is my belief that to evolve and grow as a therapist I must seek new ways of understanding difficult client issues and symptoms. Thus, I often explore the most up to date research and adapt, individualize and integrate these new interventions and findings into my work. With more idiosyncratic or complex case presentations I often seek intensive training options and expert oversight surrounding issues pertinent to my case.
As noted above, I receive ongoing clinical case consultation and regularly attend continuing education opportunities. I completed and received a certificate in CBT from Boston University, and graduated from the International OCD Foundation's Behavior Therapy Training Institute. I also earned the distinction of Diplomate by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) after completing the rigorous certification process, which includes the close evaluation of my academic knowledge and clinical expertise before a certificate in CBT is awarded.