Julia Burkes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California. Julia has 10 years of experience providing mental health treatment to diverse clients, specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma. She is enthusiastic about partnering with children, adolescents, and adults to overcome challenges so they can develop a greater sense of well-being, more self-confidence, and skills to navigate the ups and downs of life.
Julia believes successful therapy includes a safe and supportive environment in which clients can learn to confront fears and learn and practice new skills that can be implemented outside of therapy. Julia also views a positive relationship between therapist and client as crucial in therapy and is collaborative in style. When working with children and adolescents, she enjoys forming relationships with the family as a whole so that the client can have the most support possible. With clients of all ages, she is open to integrating mindfulness skills to help clients learn to be kind and present with themselves and the challenges of the moment. Julia also has extensive training in several evidence-based treatments such as: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Trauma, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), CBT for Depression, CBT for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (Trichotillomania), and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Julia earned her Masters in Social Work at the University of California Los Angeles. During her training, she provided individual and school-based group therapy to middle-school students, focusing on improving social skills, self-esteem, and anger management. She also worked in collaboration with Juvenile Services, providing individual counseling to adolescents to prevent formal involvement with the court process and future offenses. Most recently Julia spent six years working for the Department of Veterans Affairs, providing individual and group psychotherapy to male and female veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, depressive disorders and anxiety disorders.