is a mental health occupational therapist with 22 years experience in public mental health. She is passionate about people being able to live life to the full and believes that through individual, family and group therapy, training and educational programs and through sharing her experience she can help others attain positive mental health.
Julie has worked in Child and Adolescent, Youth, and Adult mental health teams both with individuals, families and groups. In addition to providing treatment, Julie also has many years of providing clinical supervision and training to a range of mental health clinicians.
Julie uses a biopsychosocial treatment approach and has been trained in cognitive behavioural approaches, integrated mental health care treatment, acceptance and commitment therapy, solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, Meriden family work, Triple P Parenting Standard and Group Level 4, and Tuning into Kids.
Julie has developed and facilitated a number of successful workshops throughout her career. Some of the training Julie has developed include: ‘Shape Up’ Healthy Lifestyle Program which was designed to assist patients with weight gain from psychotropic medications. ‘Training Workshop for Health Professionals on Fitness to Drive’ to increase the knowledge and skills of health professionals when working with patients who drive. ‘Mental Health Information Day’ for people in pastoral care roles to assist them to gain an understanding of mental health and mental illness. This information day also explains how as pastoral carers they are able to work with people with mental health issues, and how and when to refer to professional supports.
Julie has presented posters, papers and workshops at numerous mental health and women’s conferences over the past 22 years. Julie has spoken at conferences locally, nationally and internationally. She has also been a conference chair at several mental health conferences nationally. Julie is a passionate and engaging speaker who enjoys encouraging and motivating others through sharing her experiences and learnings.