Julie  Safranski

Julie Safranski

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for afternoon & daytime appointments in North Side practice (updated April 18, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Parenting
  • Child mental health
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Pregnancy & postpartum mental health
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

No matter the reason you are investing in therapy, finding the right fit with a therapist is key. My approach to therapy is practical, genuine and collaborative. I really enjoy helping people identify their strengths, change problematic thought patterns, and feel overall more confident about how their life is going.


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

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)

Therapist's note

Julie can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

North Side practice

2656 West Montrose Avenue

Suite 104

Chicago, IL 60618

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10:30am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:30am-6:00pm
  • Thu 10:30am-8:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 10:00am-4:30pm

Work and Education

Private practice, Therapist, 2014 - Present

Various public and private school-based jobs, 2000 - 2018

Loyola University Chicago, MSW, 2000

DePaul University, BA, 1995


  • English

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