Biography:

 
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Julie Carlson is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and a member of the B.C. Association of Social Workers.  She has a Master Degree in Social Work, with a clinical focus, from Wilfrid Laurier University.  Julie received her Clinical Social Work Designation in 2008.

Julie has been providing therapeutic services to adults and youth for over 18 years.  Julie has specialized in the areas of chronic pain and mental health.  She has extensive experience in assessing and treating the psychological factors associated with chronic pain and has a particular interest in the impact of traumatic life experiences on emotional and physical health.

Julie has worked in health care for 16 years.  She has held a position in the Chronic Pain Program at the Jim Pattison Centre in Fraser Health since it opened in 2011 and has been part of developing the program currently offered.  She has a private practice in New Westminster, B.C. where she provides therapy, assessment and consultation services.   Julie has also had extensive experience working in community organizations.  Julie utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities with her patients, including Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, Self-Regulation, Solution-Focused, and Narrative therapy approaches.  She has a particular interest in mind/body approaches.

Julie teaches classes in Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain at Fraser Health.  She provides guest lectures and community presentations on various topics related to mental health. Julie is actively involved in clinical research and has university partnerships.  She is currently conducting a research study on the use of immersive soundscapes for pain and anxiety management and is conducting a pilot study on the use of yoga as a therapeutic intervention for chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Julie is an avid consumer of research and draws on current research findings to direct her treatment approaches.  She continually seeks out further education opportunities to enrich her capacity to empower patients to enhance their existing health and strengths.