Awake Mind provides EMDR training and consultation. The name Awake Mind is a translation of bodhicitta, a Buddhist sanskrit word meaning awakened heart or mind.
Julie has a wide-ranging background which she brings to her life and work. She now lives mainly on Vancouver Island in Canada, after 22 years in Colorado.
Julie is a psychotherapist and was in private practice in Boulder, CO from 1998-2007, specializing in EMDR. She worked with individual adults around habitual life patterns causing difficulty — including issues of relationship, depression, anxiety, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and chronic illness. Her interpersonal style is based on creating an open, safe space for clients’ inner exploration and growth. Julie trained at Naropa University from 1995-98, receiving an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. Her counseling experience, in addition to private practice, includes work at a Psychiatric Hospital, and with the University of Colorado Multicultural Counseling Center. Due to teaching commitments Julie is currently not seeing pyschotherapy clients.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist Julie was a mechanical engineer (University of Western Ontario, 1979) and worked in the petrochemical industry in Alberta, Canada. She then completed an MBA at Harvard University (1983) and worked in the health care industry as a quality assurance manager and consultant.
Julie has been a teacher since 1985, initially with business management topics at the University of Toronto. She was a facilitator at Challenge Ropes Courses from 1994-97, and developed a more experiential style of teaching. From 1998-2009, Julie was Adjunct Faculty at Naropa University in the MA Psychology programs. Since 2005 she has been an EMDRIA approved EMDR Basic Trainer. In 2014, Julie trained with Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff to become a teacher of the 8 week Mindful Self-Compassion program.
Julie’s meditation journey began at Naropa University in 1995, with meditation teacher Dale Asrael, connecting with the energy and teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She was a student of Reginald A. Ray from 2001 to 2013, deepening her practice through his embodied meditation teachings. Prior to 1995, Julie studied native shamanism and earth based spirituality and this continues to inform her path.
Leading meditation programs and retreats since 2007, Julie teaches in a heart-felt, genuine way, emphasizing direct non-conceptual experience, the wisdom in our body and emotions, and maitri (loving-kindness).