I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, and human being who is also trying to navigate life -- just like you!
I'd like to share a bit about myself because beginning therapy is entering clinically therapeutic relationship, and I take a humanistic and relationship approach to treatment. This means that it would be important for us to feel like we are a good fit together, and sometimes, that means knowing some things about me to help you when you are finding a therapist to work with.
I also know that whenever I read someone's bio, whether it is a speaker, professor, or other public figure, it helps to know who they are and what they are about.
Julia Suklevski, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
SIFI - Seminar in Field Instruction supervisor for social work students
Certified Rape Crisis Counselor
Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor, Exhale to Inhale
Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, 200 HR RYT, Yoga to the People
Baptiste Yoga Trained, Level 1
How it Started
I am a native New Yorker, born into an immigrant family, identify as first-generation, and always knew that I wanted to help others.
What drew me to the field of social work was the opportunity to work with individuals through adverse life experiences, psychosocial stressors, complicated dynamics in their families, relationships, work circumstances and social circles -- and help them acquire the tools and skills to live their lives most effectively. I have been a social worker in a variety of settings, ranging from inpatient psychiatry, acute medical units, emergency departments, outpatient behavioral health, and in private practice. All of these experiences have helped shaped my approach to treatment and working with individuals across the lifespan.
As a psychotherapist, my intention is to hold space for clients and empower clients to be the experts of their own lives.
It is through sharing your lived experiences in a supportive and validating environment that we can collaborate together to figure out what is working well, what areas you'd like to change, and how to radically acceptance things or experiences that are not within a locus of influence so that you can become content and live with some ease.
I am invested in your success in building self-awareness, increasing holistic wellness, and exploring ways that you can create inner change that allows you to embrace your authentic self. I believe that every individual has the ability to tap into their lived experiences and find the emotional resiliency to keep the momentum going towards their overall life goals. I practice radical genuineness as a therapist and want my clients to feel supported and validated through their therapy experience.
I always mention this phrase to clients when they schedule their first session with me:
The goal of therapy is to eventually become your own therapist.
Meaning, my goal for you to develop the confidence to take what you learn about yourself in your own therapy experience and carry it with you.
Education and Training Experiences
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Columbia University School of Social Work
The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Master of Science in Social Worker (MSc. SW)
Practice Area: Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice
Specialization: Health, Mental Health and Disabilities
Dialetical Behavior Therapy
Columbia University School of Social Work
Received foundational training in the DBT Training Program and Lab under the academic leadership of Dr. Andre Ivanoff, Chair of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Linehan Institute and President of Behavioral Tech, the training company founded by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D.
Received training in Prolonged Exposure additionally in coursework as a fellow in the program.
Prolonged Grief Treatment
Columbia University School of Social Worker Center for Prolonged Grief
Formerly known as the Center for Complicated Grief
Completed Level I and Level II training
Additional Evidenced Based Treatments
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Seeking Safety Treatment
Columbia University - Teachers College
Received training at the Global Mental Health Lab through the Center for Innovation in Mental Health
The City University of New York, City College
Bachelor of Arts
Psychology and Jewish Studies
Minor: Women and Gender Studies