Support for Adolescents and their Families
Adolescent and young adult behavioral health can affect the whole family. With more than 15 years of experience as a clinical social worker, Julia Timmerman specializes in adolescent substance use, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss and the full spectrum of adolescent behavioral health.
My mission is to help young adults live their best lives. Applying the most current, research-based treatment methods, in a trusting and positive environment, I partner with my clients to address their mental health needs.
When a teen struggles, it has an impact on the entire family unit. I work with parents and families to get back on track, strengthen communication and and achieve family relationship goals.
As an approved clinical supervisor, I offer consultation, supervision or training for you or your agency in various specialty areas and treatment methodologies.
Hello! I’m Julia
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Therapist, LCSW, CAC III, ACS
Building a strong alliance with an accepting, positive and energetic therapist can make a big difference during the promising yet vulnerable adolescent years.
I partner with teens and their families in discovering how the disappointments, conflicts and setbacks they face during this period can be opportunities to get back on track and and take life to the next level.
How I can help you
For Adolescents & Young Adults
“Choose-your-own-adventures” were my favorite kind of books growing up. I enjoyed exploring my options and being able to pick what happened next. As a counselor, I see my role as helping young people understand and explore so they are able to choose the best path forward.
The world is opening to you in a different way as you become a young adult. Your potential is unlimited. We can work together to discover how the disappointments, conflicts and setbacks you’ve experienced can become opportunities for you to find your footing, and even level up your game in the adventure series that is your life.
Having an accepting, positive and energetic guide along your journey doesn’t hurt either. So let’s start writing the next chapter together!
For Parents & Families
These are the years everyone warned you about.
You successfully navigated the terrible twos but now you’re back in it. The teen years. You knew what was coming – you’ve been preparing yourself for it. And even so, sometimes you wonder if it should be this hard.
During these years, parenting can be frustrating, confusing, anxiety-filled, discouraging and exhausting. You worry about your child’s choices and their safety.
Instead of sharing quality time and affection with your teen, you’re putting your energy toward conflicts about behavior, rules and friends. You don’t know whether your child is just acting like a teenager or if he or she is struggling with something more serious.
I have extensive experience partnering with parents who are dealing with similar concerns. I can support you in moving away from the struggle toward embracing what can be one of the most meaningful phases of your parenting journey. Together, we can forge a path forward with your child that will allow you to open channels of communication and build strong family bonds that will last through your child’s emerging adulthood and beyond.
In addition to clinical work with adolescents and their families, I am an Approved Clinical Supervisor. I offer consultation, supervision or training for you or your agency in the areas of:
- Motivational interviewing
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- adolescent substance use
I am also available to consult on designing training plans tailor-made to you or your agency’s needs.
Years in practice: 15 years
Education:Walla Walla University 2004
Professional Affiliations: Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) • Colorado Department of Human Services • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Clients: Youth (ages 11-17) • young adults (ages 18-20+) • parents • families
Working alongside nationally respected researchers, I have been part of the development and application of the most up-to-date treatment methods for a wide range of adolescent-specific health care needs, with a focus on integrated substance use treatment.
I specialize in the following types of therapeutic intervention:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Christian Counseling
- Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
- Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)
- Emotionally Focused
- Motivational Interviewing
Understanding my clients’ busy schedules, I am available for online counseling in addition to in-person sessions.
I have extensive experience helping young adults and their families with a host of mental health and behavioral challenges including the following issues:
- Alcohol Abuse
- Anger Management
- Behavioral Issues
- Child and Adolescent Addiction
- Chronic Relapse
- Coping Skills
- Drug Abuse
- Dual Diagnosis
- Emotional Disturbance
- Family Conflict
- Impulse Control Disorders
- Life Transitions
- Mood Disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
- Oppositional Defiance
- Relationship Issues
- School Issues
- Substance Abuse
- Suicidal Ideation
- Thinking Disorders
- Trauma and PTSD
Julia’s thoughts on …
If this is their first time going to treatment, there is a high chance inpatient drug rehab will not be the best answer to your teen's substance use. Absolutely, substances are harmful to your teen and treatment will be helpful. However, just like over...
The idea that someone will change only when they find their rock bottom is inaccurate and dangerous. This thinking wastes valuable time—time in which a teen could be benefiting from early prevention and treatment. Concerning behaviors are likely to worsen and, without...
Let’s put the old “tough love” myth to rest right now. You know what I mean: The myth that says if you tell your child the "hard truths," exactly what you think and feel about their behavior and allow life to teach them a difficult lesson, it will set them straight....
Getting Started is Easy
Free 10 Min Chat
First, call (303) 542-0180 for a free 10-minute consultation before first appointment.
After your consultation, I will provide access to my patient portal and some online forms to fill out.
Once all that is out of the way, we can get started on your road to wellness.
Ask a question or book an appointment below.
Accepted Insurance Plans
- Out of Network
- Second Wind Fund
- Victim Compensation 1st & 5th Judicial District