Julia Shirar, LPC
Hello! Pleased to meet you here.
These first steps of deciding to do therapy and then finding the right therapist can be pretty overwhelming. Keep on keeping on and trust your gut through this process. Thank you for visiting my page!
My approach is rooted in the belief that no matter what a person has going on, there is an internal compass guiding them towards integration. I incorporate depth psychology, relational psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness modalities, existential therapy, and ACT. I also incorporate creative arts therapy, working with dreams, images, metaphor, and movement.
My style is client-centered, warm, grounded, curious, humorous and authentic. I also challenge in moments that call for that extra push.
My specializations include complex trauma, anxiety/depression, women’s issues, body image issues, healing from controlling or neglectful parents, dissociation/depersonalization, relationship issues, communication issues, cultural identity issues, identity exploration, grief/loss, and creativity blocks.
I also work with a lot of artists, writers, creatives, researchers, therapists, and folks who grew up moving around a lot (military kids, Third Culture Kids, global nomads, etc).
I have a Master’s in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. My clinical experience includes working with individual adults, couples, and children at Capital Area Counseling and Ojai Unified School District.
In my free time, you might find me walking/hiking with my pups, riding bikes, painting, researching & reading, listening to podcasts, or finding refreshing waters to swim in!
Thank you so much for visiting my page. If you would like to work together, call me at 512/201-4501, ext. 558. I will be delighted to hear from you and to start our therapy together.
Area of Expertise
Trauma-Informed, Dissociation, Anxiety
Person-Centered, Culturally Sensitive, and Accepting
Creativity Therapy, Somatically-Informed, Dream Work