Therapy with Julia
How participatory are you during sessions?
I am very engaged in most sessions, however, even while we are doing interactive work that may or may not include role plays, discussion, practice dialogues, or reviewing worksheets, the sessions are for you to ensure you feel heard, held, and supported. This means you will have space to breathe, speak, and reflect. I will gently share patterns I am hearing or trends and ask questions and be curious throughout our time together. Clients describe me as engaging, patient, curious, compassionate, and someone with a very sharp memory.
Do you assign homework, activities, or readings for me to do between sessions? Why or why not?
Yes, but only if you want to! My approach to therapy is active and engaging, and I tend to work with individuals between 1-11 months and then as needed thereafter for check-ins if something comes up and they want to explore their reactions or feelings together.
Homework examples could be “check out this book/podcast/article” or “try to use this app/fill in this timeline/complete this worksheet” so we can have a way of tracking your symptoms and coping mechanisms as well as any environmental or cultural factors that are impacting your way of relating to your world.
How will our relationship be different than relationships I have with friends/loved ones?
In our sessions, you have the opportunity to be yourself, or to even start to see who “you” are. This means you can reflect or share about those things that cause you to say, “I wish I had someone to talk about this with…” You’ll find each week our sessions will be slightly different based on your wants and needs that week.
Is there ever a time when you would encourage me to leave or graduate? Or how do I know when it’s time to end or move on, or time to stay and explore more?
Yes! We discuss progress every session and we identify timelines. My average client meets weekly for 3-6 months to develop the relationship together, then decreases to bi-weekly or as-needed thereafter. Because I work with those ready to dive in and take action, our work begins with that first phone call!
Where did you work before going into private practice?
I’ve worked in large non-profits, school-based settings, clinics, higher education and corporate settings. In my therapy, coaching, and consulting practices I am able to fuse my past professional experiences with the training I’ve gained so that I can help high-achievers relate to their stress, anxiety, and uncertainty differently.
Have you received any particular training beyond your post-Bachelor’s training?
Yes, I’ve completed my master’s at Columbia University and am completing my doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.
What led you to become a mental healthcare practitioner?
I've always believed individuals are their own experts, and also realize that we all need a bit of help, support and encouragement along the way. I entered this field eager to help others help themselves, but I choose to remain a therapist because of the transformation I witness in the relationships, careers, lifestyles, and the choices I see my clients make everyday that allow them to live life on their terms and be their authentic selves.
What is the best part of the work for you?
Seeing the absolute transformation in my clients as they begin to relate to stress, anxiety, uncertainty and those around them or the work they do in a different way. To witness the courage of my clients as they face their challenges and develop insight so they can have awesome relationships and dynamic careers is why I choose to do this work everyday.
What is unique about the work you do, or how have you found your work to be different than your colleagues’?
I am flexible about the frequency we meet. While meeting weekly is ideal, we live in New York City and sometimes life gets in the way. For this reason, I am flexible with the frequency we meet and also how. We can meet in-person, though many of my clients prefer meeting online so they can meet from their homes or offices. I offer weeknight, and weekend hours to accommodate those who work late or long hours during the week. I’m also one of your team members and will walk through the tough stuff with you. You don’t have to that alone once you begin therapy.
How do you approach diversity in the room or working with clients who may come from a different background than you?
I use an anti-oppressive lens and bring my full self into the room. I identify as a White cis-gender woman, and discuss race, gender, privilege, oppression in our sessions as part of the process, whether we are similar or identity differently.
How can you tell if I am benefiting from working with you?
You’ll start to be aware of how you relate differently to those around you and to your anxiety and stress.
How long should I commit to being in therapy, at least in the beginning?
I encourage you to attend weekly for the first 8-12 weeks and then see how you feel, and whether we should continue weekly or decrease our frequency.
How should I prepare for my first session with you?
I can email you some questions that we will review in our first session. This allows us to dive right into the work!
Do I need to bring anything with me?
Just you =)
Do I need to be mindful of anything in particular while commuting to your office?
“Professor Colangelo was always there to support us whatever we had going on. She helped us know that we were making thoughtful clinical decisions with the clients’ best interest in mind.”- MSW Student