Julie O’Hara, San Diego Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. Supervised by Jennifer Chappell Marsh, LMFT #53559
Marriage and Family Therapist Associate| AMF #71587 | $100 per 50-minute session | Day, Evening and Weekend appointments available
I am a marriage and family therapist associate specializing in individual, couple, and family therapy. Using a strength based approach, I utilize clients’ existing tools and resources to identify solutions and guide clients toward desired change. I acknowledge the unique challenges and strengths of individuals and tailor treatment based on each client’s specific needs. I am passionate about creating opportunities for couples to enhance the quality of their relationship by gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and their partners.
More About Julie, San Diego Marriage and Family Therapist Associate:
My work as a therapist is driven by my passion for working with people toward achieving their goals and living their most satisfying life. I am grateful for the opportunity to support individuals and couples as they experience growth and achieve their goals. I earned my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University where I am also working toward completing a PsyD in their Marriage and Family Therapy program. I have experience working with couples looking to improve their communication, increase connection and intimacy, reduce conflict, and who are adapting to various life stages such as dating, preparing for marriage, growing families, divorce, and launching. Additionally, I have experience providing therapy in home and community settings with children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Through my experiences, I have established a keen interest in working with couples and focusing on increasing satisfaction within relationships.
Q&A with Julie:
What makes you stand out as a San Diego Marriage and Family Therapist Associate?
I maintain a curious attitude throughout treatment to create an environment where clients feel safe and free of judgement. I believe great therapists are those who continue to seek growth and expand their knowledge by attending trainings and being informed about the best therapeutic techniques. I have received training in a variety of techniques including: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Play Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Relationship Development Intervention (RDI). Additionally, I am committed to improving the field and society by educating others through teaching and facilitating workshops.
Do you see couples?
Yes! When working with couples I use an attachment perspective to help clients identify patterns within their relationship. Using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), I guide couples toward the development of new interactions and increased moments of connection.
Do you see individual clients?
Of course! I enjoy working collaboratively with individuals to identify personal goals and the barriers keeping them from achieving them. I use a strength based approach to help clients recognize solutions and overcome their unique challenges.
Why did you decide to become a therapist?
While working toward achieving my Bachelor’s degree I was required to complete an introductory psychology course. It was in this course that I realized my interest in relationships and the reasons people become attracted to one another. It was not long before I changed my major from Business Administration to Psychology and began pursuing a career as a marriage and family therapist. Throughout my education I have become devoted to learning effective techniques for working through relationship conflict and ways of maintaining closeness with your partner. I can say with complete sincerity that my excitement for helping individuals and couples navigate the challenges of life and love has only continued to grow during my journey as a clinician.
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