Juli Stensland

People seek therapy for a variety of different reasons. Whether there is unhappiness in your life, troubles in your relationships with others, distressing symptoms or perhaps you have encountered a painful experience, are coping with feeling overwhelmed by stress, or going through a difficult transition – it helps to not work through it alone. There is very little that happens to us in life from which we cannot recover and rebuild. Therapy is one way to do so.

My approach to therapy focuses on collaboration and radical genuineness towards you and what brought you to therapy. I strongly believe that the therapeutic relationship is of utmost importance in the beginning and throughout the therapeutic process. Along with this, I tend to use an “us against the problem” mentality to aid in getting to the root causes (thoughts, emotions, sensations, feelings, actions, etc.) of what is leading to a behavior or symptom that is causing distress or unhappiness. In therapy, I will also help you notice patterns of behavior that interfere with personal progress and guide you through the recovery process. I have found that working from a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) perspective and theory can help you accept certain things that have happened, and will happen in your life, while also working towards making changes that can lead you to your best self.

I graduated with my Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania. I have received substantial training in DBT and I have found through my work that DBT-informed therapy can be helpful for a variety of life circumstances and challenges. Along with DBT, I have training in CBT and Motivational Interviewing which also help to inform my therapy. I have experience working with individuals who cope with a diagnosis, or symptoms of, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, personality disorders, drug and alcohol addiction, grief/loss, and more.