Support for Adolescents and their Families
Adolescent and young adult behavioral health can affect the whole family. With more than 16 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.
Coronavirus has disrupted every aspect of daily life with significant repercussions for mental and emotional health. If you are struggling with uncertainty, fear, stress and loss, please know that I am here to help. I am available to serve your mental health needs through privacy-compliant teletherapy or in-person counseling sessions, following all public health guidelines. Everyone is facing different challenges at this time and I am committed to working with you to provide quality care and support that fits your needs – safely.
As an approved clinical supervisor, I offer affordable consultation, supervision or training for you or your agency in various specialty areas and treatment methodologies via video sessions or in person.
Hello! I’m Julia
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Therapist, LCSW, LAC, 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.
Understanding that affordability and accessibility are important factors in your choice for a therapist, I tailor my sessions to individual and family needs through both teletherapy and in-person sessions.
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.
Ready to begin or expand your therapy career?
In addition to my work with adolescents and their families, I am an Approved Clinical Supervisor and can provide affordable consultation, supervision or training for you or your agency both in-person and via live video sessions.
I specialize in the areas of:
- Motivational Interviewing – By teaming up with Theory to Action, an organization of experts who are members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, I offer tailored support and methods to guarantee that you capture the full benefits of implementing MI.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – As a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), I train in the most up-to-date methods for this psychological intervention, which I use in my own practice.
- Adolescent substance use – Integrated substance abuse treatment for adolescents has been the focus of my work for 16 years. In my sessions with mental health professionals, I introduce third wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapies that can be employed when working with adolescents to integrate substance use into behavioral health interventions. I also train in the components of impACT, an intervention I helped develop with a group of nationally-respected experts at Denver Health. ImpACT integrates MI, ACT and contingency management into one flexible treatment approach.
I am available to consult on designing training plans tailor-made to you or your agency’s needs, using telehealth tools or in person.
Years in practice: 16 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
Telehealth Services: Understanding my clients’ busy schedules, I am available for online counseling. Whether you are located in my community or far away, you can get the same quality care that you would receive in my office with teletherapy sessions that are fully compliant with privacy laws, regulations and best practices.
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 …
Did you know that three-quarters of young people who smoke will go on to use tobacco products as adults? Helping them to kick a habit early is critical to preventing long-term nicotine addiction and serious health consequences later in life.
Finding a mental health professional to work with an adolescent or teen who is struggling, can feel like a complicated process. Your child may be unhappy, uncommunicative or uncooperative so assessing who might be a good fit is difficult. In this week’s blog, I share some recommendations, based on my experience, for things to consider as you make your decision.
During the best of times, the holidays can be tough for those struggling with mental health or substance use issues – especially adolescents and teens. This year, with everything they have gone through during the pandemic, make sure that you are making your child’s mental health a priority and get help if you need it.
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