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.
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
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.
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
"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