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Julie Knausenberger, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Trauma and abuse Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and have 10 years of experience working directly with clients to improve their lives. I graduated from the University of Chicago in 2011 and have practiced in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, trauma recovery, illness management, and homelessness. I have extensive experience working with Veterans and with clients from the community. Although I hold the therapeutic relationship as the primary vehicle for exploration and change, my toolbox of evidence-based interventions includes Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure.

I would describe my style as warm and empathic, and I believe humor and levity can be important parts of therapeutic processing when appropriate. You are the most qualified expert on yourself. I am here to encourage, support, collaborate, and explore solutions with you. I view therapy as a place where a safe relationship can facilitate your own exploration of your questions, goals, and ultimate sense of self and what you truly want out of life. I look forward to meeting you and hope to be a helpful part of your journey.

Professional experience

10yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

IL LCSW 149016126


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Julie Knausenberger. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Always excellent

Written on Mar 12, 2021 after therapy with Julie for 2 months on issues concerning depression

I really like Julie! She’s super understanding and really helpful! She doesn’t judge me and helps talk me through all my problems. She’s so nice and I look forward to talking to her each week.

Written on Mar 11, 2021 after therapy with Julie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Professional and very understanding. I like her approach because she listens and also provides tools for finding solutions.

Written on Nov 28, 2020 after therapy with Julie for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and anger management

Very insightful and all around pleasant to discuss my lingering traumas with. I have made significant progress so far with understanding myself and why exactly my thought processes work the way they do. Julie helps me find ways to keep myself accountable and grounded. So, I'm very appreciative of our sessions.

Written on Nov 25, 2020 after therapy with Julie for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd