Julia Walker-Sandoval

(Licensed, Professional, Counselor)

About Me

I am a licensed professional counselor with broad experience in assorted counseling techniques, such as Individual, group, couples, and family therapy. Seven years as a counselor have presented sundry opportunities to help individuals, especially survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

As a psychotherapist, I have guided numerous individuals to cope with grief, trauma, relationship conflict, low self-esteem, the effects of mood disorders and life's stress. Service in non-profit, public mental health, and private practice sectors has empowered me with a skill-set to formulate effective counseling strategies to address most challenges facing clients. Countless clients and I have worked together to confront emotional discord such as depression, anxiety, familial conflict, anger, and major life changes resulting in adjustment issues.

Most recently, I have served in a mental health clinic. This phase of my career has presented extensive opportunities to assist individuals and families from diverse demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds struggling with wide-ranging mental health disorders. In addition, becoming a new mother in the past year has further broadened my perspective and imbued deeper empathy regarding trauma that can impact individual development, especially during early childhood.

My counseling strategy is steadfastly client-centered and humanistic. Together, a client and I cultivate a strong connection based on open and honest dialogue. Therapeutic modalities are engaged and tailored to fit a client’s needs at all times. Your participation may involve various professional evidence-based practices such as cognitive-therapy, psychodynamic concepts, motivational interviewing, trauma-focused intervention, and dialectical behavior therapy informed techniques.

My profession is a life’s passion which compels me to provide unfaltering support and care to my clients. Every step in my practice is handled ethically with trust, respect, competence, and care. You will be empowered to achieve goals, dreams, and plans for the future as mutual understanding in the client-therapist relationship grows. Therapy requires courage to embrace, understand, and confront life’s difficulties. However, you will be rewarded as challenges are overcome. I will be here to guide and support you along the way.

Looking forward to this journey with you!


Education:
Licensed within the state of South Carolina
Master of Mental Health Counseling: Webster University Greenville, SC Metropolitan Campus
Bachelors of Psychology: Converse College Spartanburg, SC
Associate in Art: Spartanburg Technical College, Spartanburg, SC

More about my background:
My journey serving others began when I worked as an advocate and certified victim service provider. Wide-ranging experience in that capacity laid the foundation for me to become the psychotherapist I am today. In fact, the lessons of working as an advocate have been key factors to my becoming an effective therapist. Similarly, the work as a therapist has improved my skills as an effective advocate for my clients. The two disciplines are inherently connected. Unfortunately, as I learned while working in advocacy, my home state of South Carolina ranks in the top five nationally of deadly intimate partner violence. That reality led to frequent work with individual and family survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Serving those victims honed my abilities to engage clients about trauma and grief, to develop safety plans tailored to their unique circumstances, and to manage high level crises. I assisted clients with court hearings, orders of protection, job searches, resume building, group and individual therapy, and other matters. Over the past eight years, countless interactions with hundreds of clients have heightened my sense of discernment to design individualized treatment plans to match each client's unique circumstances. Care, love, and passion for my profession translate to an earnest drive and desire to help anyone who wants to help him or herself. When a client exhibits the courage to change and to move out of a comfort zone, I reciprocate by honoring his or her commitment with dedication and hard work. A client will find my unyielding support if he or she is willing to take that leap of faith and trust me. The central focus of my career has been to help, serve, and be an advocate for others. I will be an advocate for you as much as you will be for yourself!








Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #6909 (Expires: 2021-08-01)


Reviews

Written by M.A. on May 29, 2020 after counseling with Julia for 4 months on issues concerning depression, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Julia Walker-Sandoval has been a great source of support and it is very helpful having someone outside my immediate circle to talk to.

Written by C.O. on May 14, 2020 after counseling with Julia for 9 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Julia is so easy to talk to and I find it very easy to relate to her. Especially given the current pandemic, she is really helping me control my anxiety and depression. I would highly recommend her.

Written by P.A. on May 10, 2020 after counseling with Julia for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Julia is a capable, dedicated, compassionate counselor who listens as well as she speaks. She uses evidence-based methodologies to encourage steady progress while never shaming or judging the rate of that progress. I am so lucky to have her as my counselor and I would highly recommend her to anyone.

Written by I.S. on May 08, 2020 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

She's awesome, she listens and she's very encouraging. I would recommend her to anyone.

Written by D.A. on May 06, 2020 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

She was very professional and understands my needs for therapy.

Written by A.D. on May 05, 2020 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

I had done face-to-face therapy for a long time. With one virtual session with Julia I was able to disclose to her some things I hadn't in the past. She was also able to describe long-term issues in a way that no one in the past had ever done. I appreciate her timely responses to manners going on in between sessions. She is very knowledgeable and pushes you to dig within yourself. I am thankful to have her as my therapist.

Written by K.A. on Apr 25, 2020 after counseling with Julia for 1 week

Great therapy session today. Her insights lead me to a profound realization today. I felt deeply listened to, and sensed a need from Julia to understand and learn from me who I am and what I will need in therapy moving forward without frustration; I could tell a sensitivity towards addressing my issues, yet without judgment which takes discipline, restraint, empathy and experience. She seems to be an expert in her field with a natural talent for deep insight either due to her nature or due to her extensive experience as a therapist, or more than likely, due to both merits. She gives a strong impression of being very competent, professional and most importantly, deeply ethical. All the latter of which I have been searching desperately for in therapists for years. Looking forward to continuing my therapy with Julia.

Written by K.I. on Apr 06, 2020 after counseling with Julia for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Love her!

Written by M.E. on Mar 23, 2020 after counseling with Julia for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and anger management

She has helped me turn my life right around! I definitely feel 1000 percent better talking to her.

Written by J.E. on Mar 19, 2020 after counseling with Julia for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, and adhd

Amazing conversationalist, well spoken and provides unbiased opinions on a wide variety of topics all with a professional and assuring expertise.

Written by M.E. on Mar 04, 2020 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Julia is compassionate, understanding and empathetic. I feel very comfortable opening up to her. She has been a true gift in my life in the short time I have been working with her. I am dealing with a lot of issues at the moment and she tackles them all with professionalism and expertise.

Written by I.A. on Feb 28, 2020 after counseling with Julia for 10 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

We all juggle a life of ups & downs, don't we? The downs can become over-powering and it's difficult (especially for men) to talk through "feelings". It's unlikely that some men will ever be able to express their concerns to even the most caring person in their lives, which makes having people like Julia work with me really superb. Of course, Julia knows what she's doing and the online method allows more open communication without the discomfort of trying to put uncomfortable emotions into spoken words. How Julia and other counsellors manage their own lives & then help us is amazing.

Written by M.I. on Feb 10, 2020 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes

She’s respectful, insightful, and clearly cares about my needs.

Written by K.Y. on Dec 29, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Wonderful person in my opinion. Very understanding and caring woman who listens and understands your issues without making you feel lesser than

Written by A.N. on Nov 06, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Excellent so far.

Written by B.E. on Nov 06, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

She a very good listener and gives great advice on each topic. I have faith she will lead me on the right path of healing.

Written by M.I. on Oct 08, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 2 months on issues concerning self esteem

Julia’s the best don’t know what I would do without her.

Written by B.R. on Sep 18, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Julie has been a great listener, asks supportive questions, and has provided me with positive resources

Written by M.A. on Sep 18, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Julia is a very calm, reassuring spirit. I enjoyed talking with her and she really understood my concerns and worked well with me to address my issues one by one. Highly recommend!

Written by C.H. on Sep 06, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Julia Walker-Sandoval is extremely knowledgeable, professional, listens, responds to questions and concerns. I would highly recommend her as a counselor.

Written by W.I. on Sep 02, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

I think Julia is a great counselor. Seeking help is very new to me and it’s been hard to find someone that I feel like I can trust. I look forward to our talks because I always feel better and it’s a charge to do better. Glad that I got her in my corner.

Written by J.O. on Aug 07, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Julia has been extremely helpful throughout our sessions. She is attentive and always provides beneficial feedback. I feel connected and comfortable discussing all topics and situations with her. I would highly recommend her.

Written by B.I. on Jul 02, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Julia has been amazing!! I can’t say how much she has helped me overcome some really hard areas of my past and move forward positively. Not out of the woods yet but starting to see the clearing

Written by N.I. on May 08, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Julia has turned my whole perspective around on life and how I handle day to day issues. I love how she works on things in the moment then prolongs it to help in the future instead of giving me temporary solutions. She has really opened my eyes and I'm extremely grateful for her.

Written by B.E. on Apr 30, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Julia is wonderful! She has helped me through a very tough time in my life. I was so glad to be able to connect with a professional who was able to give me solid advice and consult me on some difficult decisions. I highly recommend Julia.

Written by A.N. on Apr 30, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Julia respected my decision to only stick with messaging as that’s what I’m most comfortable with. And although we’re in different time zones, Julia is quick in replying my messages. She doesn’t seem judgmental and openly hears and understands what you are going through. She also provides prompts to help me get through my difficulties when needed.

Written by R.A. on Apr 11, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Julia is very empathetic and caring. She really helps me understand and dig through my past trauma. Together, we are identifying lots of ways for me to heal and become a happier person.

Written by J.I. on Mar 25, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and anger management

Professional. Client-centered. Objective. Helpful. Honest.

Written by R.E. on Mar 08, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

I feel lucky to have found Julia. She is a kind, compassionate and empathetic soul and offers me a non-judgmental space to speak about some very painful issues. She has a lot of expertise in abusive relationships in particular and it has been a blessing to find someone who am I able to confide in and who understands my situation. She offers me to support, not just in the video sessions, but also by reaching out by message at times when I would normally be inclined to isolate myself and it is a relief to be able to respond honestly to her how are you questions. Julia is an absolutely excellent therapist, and I would highly recommend her.

Written by H.A. on Feb 06, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Julia was so knowledgeable, receptive and encouraging! I very much enjoyed my sessions with her and found them useful!

Written by G.A. on Jan 24, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Julia knows her stuff! She is so attentive and I feel like she truly cares about me. She also gives me practical exercises that have already been helping me only a few weeks in. I feel so grateful that she is my therapist.

Written by H.A. on Jan 24, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

A very kind hearted good listener

Written by R.U. on Jan 19, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Julia is amazing. She made me feel confident talking to her which was not an easy task. Highly recommended!