Julie Woulfe, Ph.D.

Julie Woulfe

Therapeutic Style: I use approaches (relational, humanistic, social-justice oriented) that focus on creating wellness through a greater understanding of yourself in the larger context of your history, identity, culture and social location. I also use approaches (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)) that tend to offer more structured, active and goal-oriented strategies to create shifts in your life.

Professional Interests: I have extensive training and experience working with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community. My students are exploring their sexual and gender identities, creating positive and healthy self-images as LGBTQ+ people, building new, supportive communities, and reconciling and exploring how intersectional identities (gender, race/ethnicity, cultural identity, sexual identity, class identity and religious identity) inform one another. I have experience writing letters of support for gender-affirming medical interventions. I work with people who have experienced a single traumatic event, and those who have had ongoing traumatic experiences (e.g., intimate partner violence). In addition to the therapeutic approaches described above, I am also trained in two CBT-based treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure.

Group and Liaison Roles: In the past, I have co-facilitated the LGBTQIA+ counseling group. I am part of the Barnes Center at The Arch Gender Affirming Health and Wellness Committee. As part of my participation on the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Committee in the Barnes Center, I have facilitated listening sessions with students from minoritized and underserved communities (e.g. students with disabilities, international students and LGBTQIA+ students) and provided feedback to our staff based on these sessions to improve our student experience.

Educational Background: I hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carlton College, a master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Boston College. I completed my APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the Cambridge Health Alliance and my postdoctoral fellowship with Boston Veterans Affairs.

DEIA Trainings: Gender Identity, Indigenous/First Nation Students, International Students, Neurodiversity, Racial/Ethnic Identity and Sexual Identity.