About Me

Julia Young, MA, LMFT, LPCC

I am licensed by California's Board of Behavioral Sciences as both a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Professional Clinical Counselor, and additionally serve as a clinical supervisor to intern/associate therapists working toward their own licensure. I hold a Master of Arts in Psychology with a dual emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling from Brandman University, and have completed the 3,000 post-graduate-degree internship hours and 3 state board examinations required for dual licensure. I am additionally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and have completed specialized training in Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. I also hold a Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts and Sciences in Business Administration and Accounting from San Diego State University. I have been a mental health professional for the past 5+ years, and before that, worked for another 5 years in various corporate accounting, finance, business, and consulting positions for several Fortune 500 companies.

My Current Practice

In my current private practice, I provide individual, couple, and family therapy to help clients improve communication skills, decrease anxiety around change, shift stuck familial and workplace cultures, and take empowered action to create success, forward momentum, and positive change in their lives. I truly enjoy helping clients heal from their pasts, cope with their present situations, and foster enthusiasm for their futures.

So, whether you want to learn how to cope with life's difficulties in a new way, reframe thinking that no longer serves you, break free of unhealthy patterns or addictions, increase self-esteem, self-worth, or self-confidence, revamp your relationships, or leave toxic relationships behind, I can help you create lasting change to reach your highest potential for happiness, health, and success. My goal is to empower you to live the most peaceful, productive, and positive life possible.

As a dually licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor, I am qualified to help clients with a wide range of issues that can affect their lives, families, relationships, and careers. That being said, my clinical focus and particular expertise is in treating anxiety-related and trauma-related issues (e.g., OCD, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and low self-esteem or trauma resulting from relationships with personality disordered, addicted, or toxic people). I also facilitate groups and corporate workshops focused on change management, communication, accountibility, and empathy.

Before My Current Practice

Just prior to my current private practice, I provided individual, couple, family, and group therapy, as well as crisis intervention and mental health education at College of the Canyons' Student Health Center to students, faculty, and the local community. I helped students with many issues affecting their mental health, including anxiety, family conflicts, adjusting to college life, learning disabilities, homelessness, and physical, emotional, and sexual assault. To ensure the best treatment possible, I often collaborated with career counselors, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, psychologists, teachers, and many other professionals at College of the Canyons, Academy of the Canyons, California State University Northridge, and Los Angeles Unified, Hart, Saugus, and Castaic Union School Districts. In addition, I co-founded the Autism Social Alliance (ASA), a social and therapeutic group for students on the autism spectrum. The group provided a safe environment for students, friends, family, and community members like police or professors, to come together to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders and how we as a community can provide better services and reduce negative stigma.

Before College of the Canyons, I worked at New Directions for Youth, a non-profit organization for youth and families identified as being "at-risk" for gang involvement. There, I provided group and individual therapy, crisis intervention, and faculty training relating to substance abuse, gang affiliation, physical and/or sexual abuse, school failure, early pregnancy, and juvenile delinquency.

Before New Directions, I worked for Tarzana Treatment Center, an inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. There, I provided individual, couple, family, and group therapy, as well as crisis intervention and faculty training related to substance abuse and relapse prevention. I led multiple psychoeducational workshops and process groups with 40+ participants surrounding grief and loss, relapse prevention, coping skills, healthy relationships, parenting, domestic violence victims, and domestic violence perpetrators. I also worked closely with the Department of Mental Health (DMH), Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), justice system, medical staff, and many others for the benefit of my clients.

My Background and Credentials

EDUCATION

  • Brandman University: Master of Arts, Psychology | Dual emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling
  • San Diego State University: Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts and Sciences, Business Administration | Emphasis in Accounting

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #LMFT97288
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, #LPCC3942
  • Certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Medical University of South Carolina

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT): Clinical Member
  • Co-founder and CFO for the Santa Clarita Valley chapter, 2016-2018
  • California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE): Member
  • Counseling California: Member
  • Psychology Today: Member