With close to 30 years in the community services field as a therapist, case manager, public speaker, and trainer, Julie knows and understands people. Julie has an extensive background in mental health counselling, psychiatric rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury, and forensic counselling. Her areas of specialization are anger and stress solutions, trauma recovery, chronic pain, and MVA recovery. Julie holds a B.A. in psychology and a master’s degree in counselling psychology and is registered with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario. She is a member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals, the International Association of Applied Psychology, and the Ontario Society of Adlerian Psychology. Her psychotherapy team, Spa for the Soul, located in St. Catharines, Ontario has received the Readers Choice Award four years in a row.

Julie has authored twelve books including, Anger Solutions, Top Ten Lists to Live By, Anger by the Book, and When the Last Straw Falls: 30 Ways to Keep Stress from Breaking Your Back, Bullying is Not a Game: A Parents’ Survival Guide, and It is Well. Her most recent work, I Don’t Feel So Good was released in April, and her work in progress, The Rise of Rage is set for publication in February 2024.

Up to 2017 Julie was an adjunct professor at George Brown College in Toronto, teaching various psychology courses including Forensic Psychology, Introduction to Psychology and Psychology over the Lifespan. She is often a guest expert for various media on topics related to anger, stress, and other mental health topics. She has appeared as an expert for CBC, CTV National News, Global National News, CTS Television, CHCH TV, Rogers TV, WDCX Radio Buffalo, WVON Radio Chicago, CKTB Niagara, CHRI Ottawa, Cogeco Cable and Corus Entertainment. She has also consulted with various producers providing insight into their program content – including the Anderson Cooper Show, The Hunted, and programs in preparation for Investigations Discovery.

Julie is a 40 Under 40 alumnus; she received the 2015 Toastmasters Communication Leadership Award, and the 2023 Women of Heart Award for Innovation in Mental Health.