Just Trees Wellness

Just Trees Wellness

Somatic-focused virtual, phone & in-person individual counselling and therapy.

Hi, I’m Julie.

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and I have a master’s degree in Clinical Counselling from City University of Seattle. I am passionate about helping people navigate through the upheavals of life and I specialize in supporting people who are struggling with anxiety and burnout. I offer individual counselling sessions virtually to people across Canada. I also see clients, with limited space, in my office in Parksville, B.C.,

In my spare time, I enjoy being outside in nature surfing, paddle-boarding, diving in the ocean, taking photos of wildlife and going on walks with my fluffy dog, Max.

Why Just Trees?

When I first started learning how to surf I was dealing with a lot in my life. My Dad was very sick, I had a lot of fear and anxiety, and was struggling to cope and move past anxiety. One day when I was surfing, I got out past the break and I was finally able to sit still and feel a sense of peace. I was able to notice the tree line and notice just trees. There was still grief, there was still fear. I finally felt resourced enough, which means I felt connected to myself and to my surroundings. I felt I was able to cope with whatever life sent my way.

There is always going to be hardship, there will be loss among other issues that will come up. That’s why having resources is so important. For me during that hard time in my life, getting to see the trees were a resource.

These trees made me think of how sometimes it can be the little things that can be so resourceful and nourishing. Getting out in the ocean and noticing the trees is one way I feel closer and connected to myself and feel more grounded. We all have these inner and external resources, you just may not have been able to access them yet. Sometimes they get quieted, stifled, shamed, or burnt out. Sometimes our environment isn’t safe enough to use them or we weren’t taught how to access them.

A part of counselling is supporting you in finding these resources so that you feel more connected to yourself, experience less anxiety, feel more grounded and feel more in control of your responses and choices. For you, it may not be the trees, but counselling can help you in finding your own, authentic resources to help you feel more at home with yourself and in your body.

My Philosophy

I believe people are the expert of their own lives and I will work with you to access your own inner strength and knowledge. When people are living as their authentic selves, they experience less stress and more joy. I will support you to find your inner resources and help you develop new coping strategies that will enrich your quality of life.

I believe inner peace and joy are within everyone’s reach and I will work with you to find what you need to find this. I’ll be there every step of the way while you find clarity, connection, and contentment in your life and relationships. I tailor each session to best suit your unique and individual needs to ensure you leave feeling heard, understood, and empowered.

Who I work with

I offer individual counselling for people who are struggling with anxiety, chronic stress & burnout, eating disorders, grief, and trauma.

Using a variety of approaches, I can help you explore ways in reaching your goals, find coping strategies to reduce anxiety and have a safe place for you to explore your feelings. I also provide psychoeducation so you can gain more understanding about your symptoms and how your feelings and thoughts are connected.

How much is counselling?

$120 per 60 minute session.

My fees are based on the standards set by the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. I offer a free 20 minute virtual or phone consult to see if we are a right fit to work together, as the right therapist for you is crucial in your healing journey.

Business Coaching

I also provide business coaching for new therapits and counsellors who are looking to start their own business!

Therapeutic Approach

I use a person-centered, narrative, and response-based approach through a feminist lens as my foundation to therapeutic work with clients.

I am in a 3-year training in Somatic Experiencing, therefore I have started using more of a somatic (body-based) approach with clients, rather than cognitive. This means rather than focusing on changing your thoughts, I look at sensations in the body, somatic symptoms that are causing issues and exploring feelings in order to help you feel more regulated.

What is Somatic Experiencing (SE™) ?

Somatic Experiencing aims to support people in restoring the body as a place of safety while helping to expand the capacity to self-regulate, process memories, information and emotions. If you have trouble with responding in ways where you feel you have no control, feel chronically stressed, and experience anxiety and depression, then this therapeutic approach may be life-changing for you.

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

Viktor Frankl

About Services

Rates: $120/Hour

I accept payment by e-transfer or credit card which you can put securely on my online booking site on Jane.

Clients are expected to pay by the end of day that their session is on. I also charge full rates for no-shows and cancellations less than 24 hours, unless there is an emergency or illness.

Counselling virtually works the same as in- person except we are connected to each other by computer. Video sessions are offered through my booking app on Jane which will send you a secure email link to our session before we start.

Get In Touch

Office Space

129 Alberni Highway
Parksville, B.C