“Wherever you go, there you are.”
Everyone experiences difficulties and stress in life. How people manage this is unique to the individual and impacts quality of life. Without the benefit of therapy, many people take along their difficulties everywhere they go, which limits life potential and a sense of personal fulfillment.
If you are reading provider profiles, then you are considering a decision to invest in your well-being by starting therapy. This can be a turning point in your life, and selecting a therapist is a key part of your therapy process. As you review therapist profiles, keep in mind that the relationship you and your therapist build is pivotal to your experience of therapy and the outcomes you achieve. Each individual seeking therapy has a completely unique background, personality, and set of needs. While there is typically some anxiety about beginning an unfamiliar process, this feeling fades quickly if you are comfortable with your therapist.
When the style and approach of the therapist fit easily with your natural interaction style, then you are more likely to share openly and honestly in sessions. When you feel respected and valued as a unique individual deserving genuineness and acceptance in therapy, then you likely have a good fit with your provider. Additional areas to consider are a therapist’s level of education and experience as well as his or her theoretical perspectives and types of techniques used.
My name is Dr. Julie Brandenburg, and I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of Indiana and Illinois. I have over 25 years of professional experience working in diverse settings. Adapting to provide services across many clinical environments allowed me to develop both the art and the skillsets of conducting therapy. My style and approach, which include evidence-based techniques, are just as importantly open and collaborative. Clients describe me as accepting, non-judgmental, and able to put them at ease quickly.
The formal theoretical approaches that most often guide my work are Client-Centered and Cognitive-Behavioral. Client-Centered theory is an ongoing part of my style and approach to therapy. This model focuses on embracing the uniqueness of every individual, emphasizing empathy, unconditional acceptance, genuineness, and honest communication between therapist and client. The therapeutic relationship is viewed as one of the most important factors in the process and progress of therapy. Additionally, I often apply Cognitive-Behavioral theory and therapy (CBT) with clients. This approach is focused on assisting clients to identify and change habits of thinking that negatively affect their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Should you decide to work with me in therapy, you will know that I bring experience, well-developed skills, a sense of humor, and a strong belief that anyone who wants change can achieve it with an open mind and collaborative guidance.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Guilt and Shame, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IL Psychologist 071010269
IN Psychologist 20042618A
Dr Brandenburg has been my lifeline through the hardest year of my life. I don’t know where I would be without her.
Written on Jul 29, 2021 after therapy with Julie for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I am finding Dr Brandenburg to be very helpful. She really listens to me and offers me sound advice. I feel like she truly makes an effort to understand my situation and my concerns. I feel lighter after talking to her. Thank you Dr Brandenburg!
Written on Jan 21, 2021 after therapy with Julie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue