Dr. Julie Smirl
Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration
Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
(618)-314-2959 [email protected]
“Some people come into your life as blessings. Some come into your life as lessons” – Mother Teresa
“I have always felt humbled and privileged to be a part of the therapeutic alliance working with individuals who are willing to share their most difficult thoughts and feelings affecting their lives. Many blessings and life’s lessons are learned through the disclosure of personal problem areas in a professional, empathetic counseling environment. I focus on a cooperative problem solving partnership to assist with moving individuals from emotional pain through a healing process to promote positive well-being.
I have extensive experience working with many diverse populations, providing individual and group therapy. In my life’s journey, I was part of the military family for twenty years. This experience provided me with an understanding of the strengths and stressors related to this lifestyle, including PTSD issues. Other areas of expertise include: working with individuals and couples, trauma survivors, mood disorders including anxiety and depression, stress management, working with people with disabilities, grief counseling, older adults and care giving related stress, career counseling, and assessment”.
Julie received her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL; her Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL; and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. She has been in the counseling profession for nearly twenty years, and brings extensive education and experience to her clinical work at Horizon Hope Counseling, Inc.
Julie is currently accepting new clients, and is accepting several forms of insurance, as well as private pay.
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