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: 2021-08-31)


Reviews

Written by I.A. on Oct 08, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

Julia is both a counselor and a real person. The online method offers quicker and more frequent contact, which slowly integrates into our busy daily lives. There are no quick fixes for most of us, but gradually working through our individual issues starts a process of self help. Julia is an awesome support when I try the next thing and maybe slow down on the past things.

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 K.I. on Aug 09, 2019 after counseling with Julia for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

I’ve been to many different therapists but Julia ranks 1000% over the others. She’s honest, I feel like she would never judge me and the fact that I have a rare disease, the fact that she took the time to research actually brought me to tears. She’s pretty amazing.

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!