She/Her/HersLicensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Julie Safranski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker near the Lincoln Square neighborhood in Chicago, IL who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety. She especially enjoys working with adults who consider themselves perfectionists and people-pleasers and/or those with generalized anxiety. She also has extensive experience working with women who are pregnant, new to motherhood, or have a child with special needs.
Julie utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help her clients develop new tools to manage their symptoms and change their thought patterns. She helps them learn how to quiet their inner critic and develop healthy boundaries with the people in their lives. Her sessions are goal-oriented and client-centered. When working with children, Julie implements play therapy to help them learn how to express and regulate their emotions.
Julie has the unique ability to help her clients utilize their strengths to overcome challenges and live the life they want. Prior to starting her private practice, she worked in public and private schools, inpatient psychiatry, and community-based agencies serving a wide range of diverse adult and child populations. She looks forward to meeting you.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Child mental health - Specialized strategies for common childhood disorders including attention issues, attachment problems, behavioral disorders, learning disorders, autism spectrum diagnoses, and feeding or elimination issues
Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation
Pregnancy & postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:
Years of Experience: 21 years
Private practice, Therapist, 2014 - Present
Various public and private school-based jobs, 2000 - 2018
Loyola University Chicago, MSW, 2000
DePaul University, BA, 1995