Julie  Safranski

Julie Safranski


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Illinois Waitlist Online
North Side Not Accepting In-person
Updated May 17, 2021

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • United Healthcare
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Lyra Health

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (55min)
  • Initial session: $200 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

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:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card


North Side practice
2656 West Montrose Avenue, Suite 104, Chicago, IL 60618
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 8:30am-6:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue 10:30am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:30am-6:00pm
  • Thu 10:30am-8:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

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


Illinois: 149010667