Julie  Simon

Julie Simon

Psychologist, PsyD
Arlington Not Accepting In-person
Updated October 14, 2020

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grieving and complicated grief
  • Living with acute and chronic illness
  • Coping with illness in the family
  • End-of-life issues
  • Trauma
  • Relationship struggles
  • College student challenges
  • Existential challenges/crises
  • Life transitions
  • Bipolar disorder
  • LGBTQ and gender identity issues
  • Self harm

Professional statement

Julie Simon is a psychologist in East Arlington, MA. She specializes in providing care to individuals who have been touched by a medical illness or issue in some way. She welcomes the chance to support people who are living with a temporary, chronic, or terminal illness, people who are caring for someone living with an illness, and people who have grown up with an ill family member. Julie also has extensive training and an interest in supporting people who are dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, past or recent traumas, and difficult life transitions.

Julie has over 10 years of experience working with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including inpatient hospitals, university counseling centers, and outpatient clinics. She received her doctoral degree from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology with a concentration in health psychology.


Message to clients

I believe that therapy can be helpful for a variety of issues, and most people can benefit from a safe space to explore the things that may be holding them back in life. I view therapy as a collaborative, dynamic, and individualized process. I have a warm and engaging style and am flexible in adapting therapy to meet your needs and goals. I draw from several treatment approaches, including psychodynamic, relational, and cognitive-behavioral to help you increase self-awareness and insight, develop effective coping skills, and heal from past experiences that have left emotional marks. While therapy can be challenging, it can also be the catalyst that allows you to live a more fulfilled and peaceful life.
One common thread that I have discovered through my work is the importance of the therapeutic alliance. The fit between you and your therapist is the foundation upon which the work of therapy is built. I encourage you to find someone who allows you to feel connected and supported.


Specialties

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Grieving and complicated grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Living with acute and chronic illness - Supporting people who are living with a temporary, chronic, or terminal illness

Coping with illness in the family - Working with people who are caring for someone living with an illness and/or people who have grown up with an ill family member

End-of-life issues - Supporting individuals and their family towards the end of life; developing coping strategies to manage the transition and the grief involved

Trauma - Including dealing with past or recent sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

Relationship struggles - Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating

College student challenges - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

Existential challenges/crises - Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations

Life transitions - Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care

Bipolar disorder - Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes

LGBTQ and gender identity issues - Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues

Self harm - Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • United Healthcare
  • Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $160 (50min)

Therapist's note

PPO plans: If you are using a PPO plan outside of my accepted insurance plans, you will have to submit some paperwork to get reimbursed. I will be happy to provide you with an invoice that contains all of the necessary information you will need to apply for reimbursement.

Sliding scale: I also work with people using a sliding scale. Based on need, I see people for a reduced fee. This can be negotiated prior to starting therapy.


Location(s)

Arlington practice
28 Mott Street, Arlington, MA 02474
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 Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Private Practice, December 2016 - Present

Psychological Care Associates, February 2016 - Present

Lynn Community Health Center, Post Doc Fellow, 2014 - 2015

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College), Psy.D Clinical Psychology, 2010 - 2014

Towson University, Master's in Clinical Psychology, 2006 - 2008

Clark University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2001 - 2005


Languages

English


Professional endorsements

"Dr. Simon takes a warm and collaborative approach to therapy. She is comfortable working with a variety of populations and presenting issues . Dr. Simon is committed to her clients and works with each one to develop individualized goals. She is dedicated to her practice - clients will find her to be caring, professional, and responsive."

- Amelia Micheli, PsyD • February 2017

"Dr. Simon is a highly competent psychologist who is empathic in her approach to understand her clients’ perspectives. She considers clients’ treatment needs and deliberately applies effective treatment plans and psychotherapeutic approaches tailored to each individual. I have always known Dr. Simon to have strong clinical skills. She is especially versatile and multidimensional in her psychotherapeutic interventions allowing her to effectively treat an array of presenting problems."

- Andrew Roth-Heinlein, PsyD • June 2017

"I recommend Dr. Simon to anyone seeking relief from emotional pain and suffering. She has practical experience treating individuals with complex backgrounds contributing to problems in everyday life, and she is able to quickly understand a person and provide worthwhile treatment."

- Amanda Seirup, PsyD • June 2017

"Dr. Simon has all of the qualities that make for a great therapist. She is warm, inviting, personable, and professional. She is both critical in her thinking and intuitive in her approach. Clients appreciate her authenticity and compassion. As a colleague, I appreciate her encouragement and her valuable insights. I recommend Dr. Simon to anyone interested learning about themselves and the ways they can grow in supportive therapeutic relationship."

- Jessica Sussman, PsyD • June 2017