Meet the Counselor: Julia Wade LPCC
Hello! I’m Julia Wade, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Ohio. I offer both in person and online counseling to adults throughout the state who have had tough experiences in childhood and into their adult years. I see your bravery and courage in taking these steps to find support and a therapist that is a good fit for you. My goal is to help you stop feeling overwhelmed, sad, and stuck and guide you towards finding the calm, clarity and connection in your present that you deserve. I will make sure to check in with you as we go to ensure we are on track towards these positive changes.
My Journey To Becoming A Therapist
I’m no different from the clients I see. Like everyone else, I’m human with a variety of lived experiences-some really good and some really hard. I’ve been through experiences in childhood and my adult years that have affected many of my relationships and have helped form how I think and feel about myself.
At different times in my life and because of a variety of experiences, I have felt heartache, sadness, disappointment, and pain. I know what it is like to feel stuck and at the same time grasping on to that last shred of hope that there is a way out and I don’t have to feel so alone. It’s been at these various junctures in my life when I have sought counseling that I’ve been able to put the puzzle pieces together, reclaim my power, learn new skills and heal from the heartache and pain I’ve experienced. My life experiences are what led me to become the therapist I am today.
I became a therapist because I love people! From a very young age, I was intrigued by humans, their behaviors, what makes us tick, and how our experiences shape and mold us. It is my life calling and passion to help others in their pain so they may find relief and healing. I do this work because it matters.
Helping People Gives My Life Meaning and Purpose
Being a therapist is an honor. It is a sacred privilege to be a witness to another person’s pain and suffering during their most difficult moments while also witnessing their innate strength and resilience as they grow, heal, and come into their own. The most rewarding thing about being a therapist is providing hope when all feels hopeless. I have enough hope for both of us until you are ready to hold your own.
I have empathy and compassion for others and a genuine interest and desire to meet my clients where they are and be with them. I bring heart and warmth to sessions along with non judgemental acceptance. There is a picture on my wall that says, “Come As You Are”. I live by that saying and all of the parts of you are welcome. Every person is wanted and accepted no matter where they are on the journey.
I have a natural ability to:
- Understand people’s experiences
- Help others feel comfortable
- Help clients heal their past and manage and even thrive in their present
People who know me often say that I am a good listener who can sit with people in all of their emotions, even when things feel dark and hopeless. Some might call me both realistic and hopeful.
Our Sessions Are Focused on You
Sessions will provide you with the space to be seen, heard and understood. In a safe and comfortable environment, you will be able to gain clarity as you express your thoughts and feelings.
It’s important to me to create safety within our sessions and ensure that the process is collaborative. There isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to therapy. Our sessions will fit your specific needs and concerns.
As A Therapist, I Embrace The Following Philosophies
- I believe that you are worthy of love and care
- I believe there is no shame in asking for help
- I believe that emotions heal when they are witnessed and validated
- I believe that loving and accepting ourselves for who we are, scars and all, is one of the most courageous things we can do
My Professional Background
I am originally from “Out West” where I grew up, was educated and had a lifetime of experiences. I’ve lived in Ohio since 2013 and opened my practice in Spring of 2015 in Mentor, OH. My previous work experience in case manager and therapist roles were in a variety of settings including hospitals, jails, housing authorities, family support centers and community mental health agencies. My work experiences have provided a strong foundation to meet the needs of my clients.
I am EMDR trained and currently pursuing EMDR certification. I stay active in professional organizations and enjoy professional development and the continual process of learning and growing. The field is dynamic and I enjoy keeping up with research and new information that might benefit my clients and inform the work we do together.