Julie Cartwright, LMFT, Roseville Counseling and Therapy
05/02/2013 07:38AM ● Published by Style
Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
My inspiration comes from the families and children I work with. They continually inspire me to bring full dedication to my work—strengthening play therapy skills, attuning to each family’s experiences, and using lots of creativity when I talk with kids about feelings and behaviors.
What was the first job you ever had, and what did you learn from the experience?
For two years, prior to entering this field, I volunteered at a suicide and crisis hotline. The amazing training and experience I received taught me that I’m capable of remaining grounded in the midst of someone else’s crisis, and that I can often help them find that as well. Knowing this about myself solidified my decision to enter this field.
What’s your biggest job perk?
My biggest job perk is getting to watch as kids’ self-confidence builds, responsibility awareness matures, and their decision-making and empathy grow. I get to take part in, and watch, as children and families heal.
What life accomplishments are you most proud of?
To complete graduate school, I worked for more than a year researching and writing a 100-page thesis about the effects of domestic violence on the mother-child relationship. It was a long time to work on a subject that’s so emotionally heavy, and I feel accomplished having completed it and at how much I learned from the process.
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
I am passionate that all children get the opportunity to flourish, so I run free workshops to teach parents how to use therapeutic skills at home with their kids. It’s amazing to see families grow so much, and to see how impactful their willingness to learn and try new approaches can be on the parent-child relationship and on kids’ development.
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