Julie DeFalco


Julie is an accomplished psychotherapist who is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and play therapy. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience, Julie has a natural affinity for working with all types of clients, and she is very culturally competent. She believes clients need positive affirmation and empathy along with guidance to learn how to make healthy choices for themselves. She strives to help clients develop into happy, productive members of society. Julie takes a client-centered approach, combining cognitive-behavioral techniques with psychodynamic, insight-oriented therapy. Counseling is tailored to each client’s individual needs and preferences.

Julie is experienced in providing individual and family therapy. Her specialties include adolescent development, parenting training, and treating mood disorders (depression, anxiety and Bipolar Disorder). She helps parents understand what’s to be expected with ?normal? adolescent development and what might indicate a problem. She is adept at helping children and teens understand the motivation for their behaviors and teaching them more positive coping skills and healthy emotional expression. In conjunction with this, she helps parents learn how to set appropriate limits and to encourage positive behaviors.

Other treatment areas include grief, sexuality issues, ADHD, anger management, and eating disorders.

Julie holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University. Julie is available to provide community lectures and trainings on Communicating with Teens, Parenting Teens, and Teens & Technology.

Julie DeFalco MSW, LCSW