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Julie Iannone Pastro, LCSW

Message from Julie

As your therapist I will listen, explore, guide, challenge, and support you toward the growth and change you seek in your life and your relationships. I always enhance my skills with my passion for reading and continued education. I look forward to get to know my patients, what brings them to therapy, why now, and what possible changes they are ready to explore. I will ask lots of open ended questions to learn about you, your history, your patterns, what works well, and what no longer serves you. I'll encourage you to be curious about yourself, connect with your feelings, be open to new possibilities, and challenge you to expand the limits of your comfort zone. Let's get started on this work together.

About Julie's practice



Weekends 9am - 5pm

Weekdays Before 9am

Weekdays After 5pm

Weekdays 9am - 5pm




Sliding scale







In-person available: No

Virtual available: Yes






Grief and Bereavement


Emerging Adulthood


Sexual Abuse



Out of network providers



NY + 1 more

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Get to Know Julie

"I could not have asked for a better experience than I had with Julie. Initially, I was very upfront in what I was looking for in my sessions and she helped me work through what our sessions would look like. She was very engaging and helped me understand issues as they relate to my life in light of my culture. I appreciated how she not only helped me understand the issues on the surface but provided resources to dive deeper and work through my subconscious thought processes."

Fatme, Client

Where did you work before going into private practice?

Before I entered into private practice, I worked at The Center for Marital and Family Therapy and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in Manhattan.

How can you tell if I am benefiting from working with you?

I can tell if you are benefiting from our work together by your engagement in the process, you show up each week, ready to share and to explore, your curiosity about yourself, increase in self awareness, and self reports on how therapy is helpful to you.

Do you assign homework, activities, or readings for me to do between sessions? Why or why not?

I may assign activities to promote self awareness such as writing or journaling, practice breathing exercises or mindfulness for calmness and focus, or suggest books I have read that I believe may be helpful to your particular situation.

How can you tell if I am feeling stuck, unseen, or unheard?

Often times if a client is feeling stuck, unseen, or unheard they may be quieter than usual in session, unsure of what to talk about, or cancel or not show up for a session. The best way to work through these feelings is for us to openly talk about it. Its great practice for your relationships outside of therapy too!

How much do you share about yourself during our time together and why?

Our time together is primarily focused on you however there are aspects of who I am as a person and a therapist that you will come to know, rely on, and trust throughout our work together.

How participatory are you during sessions?

I am an active participant in our work together. I will ask you lots of open ended questions to get us started, explore the history of the issues you bring in, and help us to both understand you better. I will point out patterns of reactions or behaviors that no longer serve you or contradictions that I hear and challenge you to try new approaches as we expand your tool box.

If I have never been to therapy before, what should I expect? How do I know if I should go, and how do I start?

If you have never been to therapy before, you should expect that it is far easier than you fear. If you are exploring this website, you are obviously curious about therapy and wondering if it might be helpful for you. The easiest way to begin is to schedule a complimentary phone consultation. If you feel comfortable with our first phone meeting, we will schedule our first appointment to meet via Zoom.

How do you approach diversity in the room or working with clients who may come from a different background than you?

I am open to and curious about learning from clients who come from diverse backgrounds; understanding our similarities and differences and how it informs our thinking, our emotional responses and our relationships.

How long should I commit to being in therapy, at least in the beginning?

In the beginning it would be most helpful to commit to therapy for at least six months to a year. Therapy is a relationship, it takes time to build and as our therapeutic relationship grows the work will deepen.

How should I prepare for my first session with you?

Some people find it helpful to think about what led them to make the appointment and write down a few notes to help them remember things they would like to bring up. Other people don't prepare at all and appreciate my guidance to lead the way. I'm a skilled interviewer and know how to put you at ease and ask the questions to get us started.

How will our relationship be different than relationships I have with friends/loved ones?

Our relationship will be different than those you have with friends/loved ones because we will remain focused on you, what brings you to therapy, your relationships, your history, how you feel, how you respond and relate to others, what you need, and how you would like to grow or change. My questions and curiosity about you will helps us both to understand you better and will offer an alternative perspective for you to consider.

What is the best part of the work for you?

The relationships I have with my clients, getting to know them, learning from them, and promoting their growth

Have you received any particular training beyond your post-Bachelor's training?

Professional Training: Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work - Master of Social Work Degree New York University Graduate School of Social Work - Two year Post Graduate Training Program in Advanced Clinical Practice. Columbia University - The Center for Complicated Grief - Practice Focused Training in Complicated Grief Therapy Ackerman Institute for The Family - Marital & Couples Therapy Training