Julia brings to our LifeCare Centres team a diversity of experience working with children of different backgrounds and unique special needs. Having worked as a teacher, and also having two children with exceptionalities, she realized that she had a heart for working with kids with special needs, particularly those who are marginalized and fall between the cracks of our educational or mental health system. With her compassionate and sensitive heart, she is quick to establish a rapport with her clients and provide them with the individualized support and care they need. She is known for her warm sense of humour and ability to bring fun to the situation, while balancing that energy with practical strategies to address specific problems. Organized and thorough, Julia is appreciated by parents for her ability to bring much needed structure into the home environment as she engages their kids in homework or teaches them targeted skills. She also possesses excellent communication skills while interfacing with parents to ensure that she is working effectively together with them to support the family.
Julia graduated from York University with a Specialized Honours Degree in Theatre Studies, a Minor in Humanities, and a Bachelor of Education in the Primary/Junior division. She has her Special Education Additional Qualifications through the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario and is certified in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). For 3 years, Julia sat in as a member of the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) for the Durham Board of Education representing the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada and continues to work extensively with children and teens who have been diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, TS+, and other tic disorders. Julia holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, and has been trained in working with sexually traumatized children, CBT, Sandtray, and Play Therapy.
Julia has been married for 20 years and has two beautiful teenaged boys.